main banner
You are here: Home page » News » Members’ news

WECF and PAN: Up to 30 different endocrine disrupting pesticides found in fruit and vegetables in the EU

Up to 30 different endocrine disrupting pesticides are found in fruits and vegetables in the European Union with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and apples having on average the highest dose.

European consumers will potentially be exposed to these pesticide residues with a risk of adverse health effects. This is the outcome of an analysis made by PAN-Europe based on the monitoring data of EU food safety authority, EFSA.

Analysis of several food items in European countries, such as peppers, found more than 20 different ED pesticides, prompting concerns in the long-term of even more dangerous exposures as a result of mixtures – the so-called “cocktail” effects.

PAN Europe has started an information campaign where consumers are advised to choose organic products if possible, and to start by substituting the high risk food items like lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers.

Originally posted on 7 February 2013

About HEAL

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is a leading European not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union (EU). We demonstrate how policy changes can help protect health and enhance people’s quality of life. Read more »


HEAL has over 70 member organisations, representing health professionals, not-for-profit health insurers, doctors, nurses, cancer and asthma groups, citizens, women’s groups, youth groups, environmental NGOs, scientists and public health institutes. Members include international and Europe-wide organisations, as well as national and local groups. Read more »

Contact us

Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)
28 Boulevard Charlemagne
B1000 Brussels, Belgium
Phone: +32 2 234 3640
Fax: +32 2 234 3649
Press: Elke Zander

Direct telephone numbers: HEAL team page.

HEAL website privacy policy