Each year, a non-profit organization called the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases a list of produce that has the highest pesticide levels. The group takes samples of fruits and vegetables to see which ones contain at least some amount of pesticides. You might be surprised to learn what’s on the list.
The Dirty Dozen List
Samples taken by the EWG revealed that strawberries had the most pesticides on them. 98 percent of strawberry samples had at least some pesticide residue. Shockingly, one sample of strawberries had 20 different kinds of pesticides. The fruits and vegetables that appear on this year’s list are the same as those on last year’s, though some have changed places.
The complete list is as follows:
- Sweet Bell Peppers
The rankings are based on information gathered through tests conducted by the FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Testing Program. The purpose of the list is not to discourage people from eating product, but to make consumers aware of what they are buying.
Tips for Safely Handling Produce
There’s no reason to stop eating the fruits and vegetables on the Dirty Dozen list, but home care services aides should help seniors to clean them more thoroughly before eating them. The FDA also says that care should be taken when purchasing produce.
Here are some tips for safely buying and preparing fresh produce:
- Look for produce that appears fresh, with less damage and bruising.
- If you’re buying produce that is pre-packaged, pick only the items that are refrigerated or surrounded by ice.
- Don’t place fresh produce in the same grocery bag as raw meat, poultry, or seafood.
- Wash hands thoroughly before and after working with fresh produce.
- Cut off any parts that are bruised or damaged.
- Place the produce under running water and rub it gently. Make sure all dirt is removed. Do not use soap.
- Wash produce before peeling it so that bacteria from the skin does not get on the part that will be eaten.
- Pat produce dry with a clean paper towel.
Preparing fresh produce can be difficult for some older adults. Family caregivers and professional home care services providers may need to assist with some of the steps involved. If the older adult wants to wash the vegetables, caregivers can allow them to do so, but should supervise to make certain the vegetables come out clean. This is especially true if the senior has low vision and cannot see the dirt.
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From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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