Apple pesticide comes under fire

Most Americans eat roughly 50 pounds of apples of year. Apple sauce and apple juice are favorite foods for many kids. While they are one of the most popular fruits in this country, a common pesticide is raising concern overseas.

The European Union banned a pesticide that is sprayed on U.S. grown apples to prevent them from turning brown because of possible cancer concerns.

Now a consumer advocacy group, The Environmental Working Group, is putting pressure on the Environmental Protection Agency to stop allowing the pesticide Diphenylamine or DPA to be used on U.S. grown apples until new studies prove its safety.

Click here to learn more about why EWG wants to halt use of DPA:

The pesticide has been used since 1947.

The U.S. Apple Association maintains the chemical is safe and it says pesticide residue levels are below what the U.S. government allows.

In an outdated report, the EPA said DPA was "not likely" to be carcinogenic.

If you are pregnant, have small children or want to lower your exposure, EWG recommends eating organic apples.

You can see the most pesticide laden produce and the clean 15 produce you don't need to buy organic:


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