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Strawberries again top 2018's 'Dirty Dozen' fruits and veggies

Posted: 7:42 AM, Apr 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-11 14:46:17Z

For the third year in a row, Strawberries have reached the top of a list that many other fruits and veggies are trying to avoid. 

Strawberries are the dirtiest fruit on the Environmental Working Group's 2018 "Dirty Dozen" list. 

Researchers with the non-profit, non-partisan group rank pesticide contamination in dozens of fruits and vegetables. About 98% of strawberries, peaches, nectarines, cherries, and apples contained at least one pesticide.

Spinach came in the runner-up slot, followed by nectarines, apples, and grapes. The group says close to 70% of all non-organic food has some sort of contamination.

The Environment Working Group's full list of filthy fruits and vegetables can be seen on their website.

Also, you can't have a Dirty Dozen list without a "Clean 15" to counter the bad. That list can also be found on their website .  

The cleanest piece of fruit you can eat is the avocado. The reason is fewer than 1% of conventional avocados tested positive for pesticides, and only one pesticide was found on any of the 360 avocados sampled.