Dear Editor,

I saw your story regarding the “Dirty Dozen” list and would appreciate your consideration of updating your content to include some additional facts and information for your readers so there is a balanced perspective and inclusive of peer reviewed studies, not just claims from Environmental Working Group.


Continue Reading Letter to the Editor: ‘Dirty Dozen’ requires a second look

The Environmental Working Group has come out with its “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables, with strawberries topping the list again.

The group has compiled its list for several years to highlight produce with pesticide residues. All of the fresh fruits and vegetables on the list have residues below

Continue Reading Environmental Working Group unveils its Dirty Dozen, Clean 15 for 2023

The Environmental Working Group has released its annual best and worst lists of fresh produce based on pesticide residues.

The lists — released under the trademarked Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen — are based on results of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Data Program. The Environmental Working Group does
Continue Reading Environmental Working Groups names its top and bottom picks for fresh produce

This year’s Dirty Dozen list from the Environmental Working Group opens with a statement about COVID-19 and food safety, encouraging consumers to continue to eat fresh fruits and vegetables during the pandemic.

Officials with the non-profit organization also say certain leafy greens, including kale and spinach, are among the fresh
Continue Reading Some leafy greens added to Dirty Dozen, strawberries still at top of the EWG’s list

The Environmental Working Group has finished crunching numbers from a government report and again says strawberries are at the top of the group’s Dirty Dozen list of fresh produce.

Every year the non-profit group takes a few weeks to review data compiled and released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Continue Reading Raisins invade list as environmental group names ‘dirty’ fresh produce

The U.S. Department of Agriculture choose this week before Christmas to release pesticide data for 2017 upon which it declared the U.S. food supply is “among the safest in the world.”

USDA’s Pesticide Data Program (PDP) Annual Summary for 2017 shows more than 99 percent of the samples tested had
Continue Reading USDA’s claims food in U.S. ‘among safest in world’ based on latest pesticide tests

Editor’s note: This opinion piece by Sonya Lunder, senior analyst for the Environmental Working Group, is part of a three-piece presentation today by Food Safety News. To read views on the same topic from an independent nutritionist and the Alliance for Food and Farming, please refer to the links
Continue Reading Triple play: EWG posts ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of fresh produce items