Pesticide in half of fruit.
A BIG increase in the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables sold with traces of pesticide pesticide, biological, physical, or chemical agent used to kill plants or animals that are harmful to people; in practice, the term pesticide is often applied only to chemical agents. 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 Pesticide residue refers to the pesticides that may remain on or in food after they are applied to food crops. Regulation of pesticide residue in the US .
But the Government admitted there might be concern over levels of pest killer in two samples - a pear pear, name for a fruit tree of the genus Pyrus of the family Rosaceae (rose family) and for its fruit, a pome. The common pear (P. communis) is one of the earliest cultivated of fruit trees, both in its native W Asia and in Europe. and a sweet pepper.
Sandra sandra (sänˑ·dr),
adj 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."