The NVWA has concluded that 1 in 5 fruit and vegetable samples in Dutch shops contain hormone-disrupting chemicals.
The results, which were published by Trouw, show that despite European Commission regulations imports coming from outside the continent are not properly vetted. Leading the pack was the Dominican Republic and then includes products from the likes of Turkey, Colombia, Suriname, Mexico, and Kenya. On the continent, the biggest offender was Spain (for example, half of nectarines, grapes, and peaches investigated contained traces of endocrinal disrupting chemicals – a particular risk for pregnant women). Dutch products were also featured on the list with the likes of chili peppers, cucumbers, apples, Brussel sprouts, and strawberries found to be affected.
Additional affected foods included multiple examples of fruit, vegetables, herbs, seeds, grains, potatoes, and nuts. Some having more than one hormone-disrupting chemicals.
A separate Pan Europe report sent to the European Commission found that despite the 2009 ruling, over 180 pesticides have been admitted to the European market since 2011 without having been tested for damaging properties.