Danish fruit and vegetables contain fewer pesticides
Buy fruits and vegetables of Danish origin and enjoy food with less pesticides. In general, Danish crops still contain fewer pesticides than foreign products, according to the Pesticide Report issued in 2015 by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and the DTU Food Institute.
If you choose Danish rather than foreign items in the fruit and vegetable department, you can minimize your intake of pesticides. The Pesticide Report 2015 by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and the DTU Food Institute shows that Danish crops still contain fewer pesticides than similar products from other countries.
The DTU Food Institute emphasizes that pesticide tests carried out on Danish fruit and vegetables as well as tests of the imported products available on the Danish market do not, in general, cause health concerns. In case consumers want to avoid pesticide residues completely, they may choose organic goods.
Focus on the key sources of pesticide intake
By 2015, 2.585 samples were tested for residues of more than 300 pesticides. A total of 98% of the samples of conventionally grown, unprocessed fruit, green and cereal contain either no pesticide residue or residues below the limit value.
Sampling focus on the 25 foods that Danes receive 95% of their total pesticide intakes from, and partly, foods where there is the greatest probability of finding pesticide residues and where there is the greatest risk that the acceptable limit value has been exceeded.
Fewer pesticides in Danish crops
The analysis shows that pesticides are more often found in samples of conventionally grown fruit (67%) than in samples of conventionally grown vegetables (39%).
In general, imported crops more often contain sprayer than Danish goods. Spray residues are thus detected in 52% of the samples of Danish fruit produce. The figures for fruit produced in the rest of the EU and outside the EU are 69% and 73%, respectively.
In Danish grown vegetables, pesticides have only been found in 23% of the samples, while the figures for vegetables produced in the rest of the EU and outside the EU are 50% and 42%, respectively.
Often there has been found more than one pesticide in the same sample of foreign food compared with the tested Danish products. In 31% of the foreign products, more than one pesticide was found, whereas the percentage in the Danish samples was 10%.
Permitted limit values exceeded
For five consecutive years, pesticides above the permitted limit values have not been found in samples of Danish fruit produce. Only in three (0.9%) of the samples of fruit produced in the rest of the EU and in nine (4%) of the samples of fruit produced outside the EU, the permitted limit values were exceeded.
In Danish produced conventional vegetables, the limit values have been exceeded in two (0.7%) of the samples. By contrast, the figures for conventional vegetables produced in the rest of the EU and in countries outside the EU, are respectively three samples (0.9%) and 14 samples (6.3%).
Pesticides were found in six (2.7%) of 226 analyzed samples of organic foods. In all cases, it has been estimated that the application has been either legal or not intended.
Freely translated by Northern December 2018