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Superfoods contain too much pesticide


On Goji berries, Chia seed and quinoa are still too often remains of pesticides. This is shown by a sample of the Dutch food and consumer product safety authority (NVWA). At 12 of the 52 samples examined, this is 23 percent of the cases, was exceeded the standard norm.

The found remnants of the plant protection products, however, were so small that they pose no risk to health. However, the NVWA handed fines out to the respective suppliers, whose names are not revealed. Reason for the sample is that the NVWA last year got some reports of consumers. After eating Goji berries they had to throw up or they got diarrhea. However, according to the NVWA this may not have been caused by the small amounts of pesticides.

Also the ‘ superfood ‘ quinoa got the past year negative attention. There were remnants of pesticides found while it was organically grown.

Goji berries, Chia seed and quinoa are in a variety of dishes, such as salads, fruit juices, soup and Granola. The supervisor checks by sampling or fruits and vegetables meet the legal standard, known as the maximum Residue limit (MRL). Large safety margins are taken into account.

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