There seems to be a perpetual hunt to find the perfect quantity of pesticide for produce that will prevent insects from contaminating our fruits and vegetables without inflicting long lasting harm upon consumers. Many have argued that capitalism has led to the rise of photogenic produce that maintains its delicious eye-candy appearance thanks to an increasing amount of harmful pesticides and genetic modification, which just so happen to also bear serious threats to the health of the very customers who are demanding their food be made more visually appealing. Each year, the United States Department of Agriculture does a study measuring which types of produce contain the most pesticide residue. The top twelve are known as the dirty dozen. Learn more about the behind the scene details of the food and beverages we consume every day. To get a ServSafe® food manager certification Oakland is just one among many locations across the nation in which you can get one.
Until this year, the front runner of the dirty dozen had been apples for a solid five consecutive years, but in 2016, strawberries have taken the lead. Reportedly, Americans eat an estimated eight pounds of strawberries per year on average and they just so happen to contain several times more pesticide residue than any other produce that has been tested. They found nearly six unique pesticides per sample in strawberries, while there were under two for all the others.
Albeit, only 7% of the strawberries that were sampled tested as having surpassed the limit that has been deemed unsafe for consumption by humans. Nonetheless, 7% is still higher than is preferable, and considering the frequency and quantity in which Americans eat strawberries, the USDA will likely be looking in to enforcing some new regulations to try to inspire farmers to cut down on their use of pesticides used on strawberries. After strawberries, as you may have predicted, comes apples. Then nectarines, peaches, celery, grapes, cherries, spinach, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers in that order.
It’s important to keep in mind that you need your fruits and veggies. They’re a very necessary source of essential nutrients. So don’t let the above information discourage you from getting your daily intake. While nearly all of our domestic produce does in fact have pesticide residue, practically none of it is to an illegal extent. Virtually all of the produce in the country has residue to some extent. But if you’d like to cut down just to be safe, you should start shopping for organic produce. But in general, you need not distrust the food safety practices of the United States, as they have been developing and improving and adapting to new information year by year for generations.
What you should do, however, is educate yourself of the evolving regulations and how they will affect you and those around you. You can learn all about what is safe, risky, and downright dangerous to consume by obtaining your food manager certification. Oakland is just one among dozens of locations in the state of California and throughout the nation in which A Training Company offers classes. For more information, contact A Training Company today at 877-227-5212.