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Pesticide residues found in 97% of foods in Europe

Europe foodPesticide residues were found within limits in 97 percent of foods in the European Union, a European Commission agency said.

The European Food Safety Authority analyzed samples from across the European area.

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Pesticides, intended to kill insects or other undesirable creatures, are potentially toxic for human beings. In large concentrations, pesticides can cause inability to breathe, chemical burns, loss of reflexes, and twitching. Pesticide poisoning can even be fatal, according to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.

The foods with the highest pesticide residue rates are broccoli (2.8 percent), cauliflower (2.1 percent), table grapes (1.8 percent), sweet peppers (1.4 percent) and aubergines (1 percent).

The foods with the lowest rates were peas without pods and olive oil (both 0.1 percent), wheat (0.7 percent) and bananas (0.7 percent). There were no detections of pesticide residues within legal limits in either orange juice or in animal products (butter and chicken eggs), according to the agency.

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