Pesticides found in Canadian organic produce

Some organic produce in Canada contains pesticides, according to government inspection documents obtained by CBC News.

Records released to CBC News by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency show 23.6 per cent of the 178 organic apples tested in 2009 and 2010 contained pesticide residue.

Some organic apples that were tested by the CFIA in 2009 and 2010 contained the residue of more than one type of pesticide, according to documents obtained by CBC News.(CBC)

“Based on the limited data we have, we can also say that it appears that these pesticide residues are being found in ‘organic’ products less frequently and at somewhat lower levels than ‘conventional’ produce,” CFIA officials told CBC News in an email.

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