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Over 92% of kale samples contained two or more pesticides, study finds

You may want to put the green juice down for this one.

Kale ranked as a third-worst fruit or vegetable behind strawberries and spinach when it comes to pesticide contamination, according to the Environmental Working Group’s annual “Dirty Dozen” report. Over 92% of kale samples were found to have two or more pesticide residues — and a single piece of kale could have up to 18 pesticides on or in it.

One of the pesticides commonly found with kale was Dacthal, or DCPA. The pesticide, which is banned in Europe and was classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as a possible carcinogen, was found on nearly 60% of the kale samples tested.

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