Strawberries remain at top of pesticide list, report says

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The Environmental Working Group released its annual "Dirty Dozen" list

Spinach had the second highest concentration of pesticide residue, up from eighth

Pears and potatoes joined the list; cherry tomatoes and cucumbers are no longer on it

CNN  — 

An annual report by the Environmental Working Group found that nearly 70% of samples of 48 types of conventionally grown produce were contaminated with pesticide residues. That’s down 6.6 percentage points from last year.

The EWG Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, released Wednesday, ranks pesticide contamination of popular fruits and vegetables based on more than 36,000 samples of produce tested by the US Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.

This year, strawberries remained at the top of the