Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Unapproved Pesticides Showing Up On Cillantro

"Just in time for the cookout season, some unsettling news arrives for guacamole and salsa lovers: Federal testing turned up a wide array of unapproved pesticides on the herb cilantro to an extent that surprises and concerns government scientists."

"At least 34 unapproved pesticides turned up on cilantro samples analyzed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of the agency's routine testing of a rotating selection of produce. Cilantro was the first fresh herb to be tested through the 20-year-old program."

"We are not really sure why the cilantro came up with these residues," said Chris Pappas, a chemist who oversees the Virginia-based USDA pesticide testing. Researchers suspect part of the problem may be confusion between cilantro and flat-leaf parsley, for which more pesticides are approved."

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