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terça-feira, 3 de outubro de 2017

Endocrine disruptors: Report exposes scale of contamination as Parliament vote looms

Oranges contain some of the highest levels of endocrine disruptors found in EU fruit.
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The study, carried out by the NGO Pesticide Action Network (PAN Europe), found that 68% of European fruit contained traces of pesticides and 34% contained residues of 27 potentially harmful endocrine disrupting pesticides (EDPs). For vegetables, the figures were slightly lower but still striking: 41% contained pesticide residues and 14% contained EDPs.

Endocrine disruptors are suspected of having many negative health impacts, including increasing the risk of cancer, causing developmental problems in foetuses and new-born children and damaging reproductive systems.

According to the NGO, which used data collected by EU member states in 2015, citrus fruits were the worst offenders, with 46-57% of mandarins, oranges and grapefruits containing potentially harmful hormone-disrupting chemicals. Close behind were peaches, grapes and strawberries, 34-45% of which were found to contain EDPs. The worst-affected vegetables were celery and rocket, with 35-40% of those tested found to contain EDPs.

Close behind were peaches, grapes and strawberries, as EDPs were found in 34-45% of the tested samples. The worst-affected vegetables were celery and rocket, with 35-40% of those tested found to contain EDPs.

Producers in the south, consumers in the north

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