UK: The Dirty Dozen

6 October 2021 — Pesticide Action Network

Concerned about pesticide residues in your food? As featured in the Guardian, The Independent and the Daily Express our list of the ‘dirtiest’ fruit and vegetables reveals the 2020 produce most likely to contain cocktails of multiple pesticides.

But the UK government tests a very small selection of different food items and the list changes every year. So to give you a more complete overview of which fruit and vegetables are most likely to contain pesticide residues, PAN UK has analysed and collated government data from 2018, 2019 and 2020 and turned it into a handy list you can stick on your fridge or in your back pocket when you go shopping.

A fully organic diet can be hard to access but our ‘Dirty Dozen’ list can help you to work out which produce to prioritise.

There is a growing body of evidence that pesticides can become more harmful when combined and the ‘cocktail effect’ has long-been recognised as an area of concern in the UK. Despite this, little has been done to understand or prevent the human health impacts that may occur due to long-term exposure to pesticide cocktails. Find out more about the cocktail effect.

And do read more about pesticide residues in grains and the impacts of different types of pesticides on your health.


We hope that you find our new guide useful and ask that you please consider donating to support our ongoing endeavour to detoxify the UK for a healthier and more sustainable future. We are the ONLY UK charity focused on tackling the problems caused by pesticides and endlessly struggle to raise funds. We’re small and dynamic and with support from people like you we’re able to have lasting impact


And if you have already donated, thank you!

In solidarity,

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