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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Health warning: extremely high concentration of pesticides in soft drinks in UK and Spain

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.


Kosmo said...

The regulators should be forced to drink nothing but the tainted products they've approved. This makes me sick.

Maju said...

The ironical thing is that they probably do drink them and give them to their children...