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Pesticide in half of fruit.

A BIG increase in the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables sold with traces of pesticide was revealed yesterday.

The figure was 43 per cent - up 10 per cent since 1998.

Overall, tests on a range of foods including cereals, children's food and milk showed pesticide was not detected in 71 per cent of cases, said a report from the Working Party on Pesticide Residues.

But the Government admitted there might be concern over levels of pest killer in two samples - a pear and a sweet pepper.

Sandra Bell, of Friends of the Earth, said: "The public will be dismayed. The Government encourages people to eat more fresh fruit and veg, so they should do more to ensure that they are pesticide-free."
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Author:Brown, Amanda
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 20, 2000
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