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The European Union has recently banned non-organic American apples because farmers could not prove that the chemicals used to grow them were not harmful. This information comes from an analysis provided by the Environmental Working Group, a national environmental health research advocacy group.
The EWG says that many Americans are not aware their apples are being drenched with the chemical diphenylamine (DPA). The pesticide helps to prevent the skin of apples from turning black or brown during months of storage. The most recent tests done by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2010 found that DPA is on 80 percent of U.S. apples.
“While it is not yet clear that DPA is risky to public health, European Commission officials asked questions that the chemicals’ makers could not answer,” said EWG senior scientist, Sonya Lunder. “The EC officials banned outright any further use of DPA on the apples cultivated in the European Union until they are confident it is safe. Europe’s action should cause American policymakers to take a new look at this chemical.”
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