Researchers have released a new official report which revealed that the foods like vegetables and fruits provided by the government to millions of schoolchildren generally contain the dregs of various pesticides.
The research found 123 pesticides’ residues while bananas and apple which were received by children in the school contained more residues than those sold in the fruit market.
Experts from the Government say “none of the residues are likely to result in any adverse health effects.” But promoters said that there is a huge unreliability about the effect of pesticides and the sensitivity of children.
A new report released by Pesticide Action Network (PAN) suggested that a precautionary approach should be taken when children return to the school.
The Department of Health (DoH) and PAN collected the results from 2005 to 2006. It found that from 2,238 items, 84% items contained at least one pesticide and 66% contained multiple residues.
Pesticides are used to kill the pests that demolish food crops and researchers found that residues are harmful to humans.
PAN found that in 2015, the fruits including apples, raisins, and bananas provided to school contained more pesticides than those sold to the public.
Nick Mole from PAN said, “Our aim is not to alarm parents but they do have a right to know what chemicals are in the food being given to their children.”
According to the study published last week in California, women experienced a 5-9% increase in problems such as premature births and abnormalities due to barring pesticides.
Another recent study from Canada revealed that fruit and vegetable consumption prevented many cancers but suggested that pesticide cutting is still advantageous.