Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sources: SD. Original paper: J.F. García Reyes et al., Determination of Pesticide Residues in Fruit-Based Soft Drinks. Analytical Chemistry, 2008 (behind paywall).
The results show absolute incompetence by regulating authorities in these and other countries, nincluding as much as 300 times the maximum ammounts of pesticides allowed by EU directives. The pesticides found include: carbendazim, thiabendazole, imazalil and its main degradate, prochloraz and its main degradate, malathion, and iprodione.
Obviously none of them are inocuous for humans. In fact the authors do express serious concern about potential harmful effects, specially in children.