Checks on white and brown breads, crumpets, scones and muffins found 11 different pesticides

BREAD full of pesticides in Britain: 50% of breads sold in supermarkets now contain at least two insecticidal chemicals

  • Checks were made on white and brown breads, crumpets, scones and muffins
  • Tests by Pesticide Action Network UK found 11 different pesticides
  • Analysis found a total of 137 different pesticide residues in all products

Half of the bread bought in supermarkets now contains two or more pesticides – double what it was a year ago, official tests have shown.

Controls on white and brown breads, crumpets, scones and muffins found 11 different pesticides.

Just under a third of vegetables (30 percent) and more than two thirds of fruit (69 percent) were found to contain residues of more than one chemical, according to the most recent data published by the UK government.

Checks On White And Brown Breads, Crumpets, Scones And Muffins Found 11 Different Pesticides

Checks on white and brown breads, crumpets, scones and muffins found 11 different pesticides

Campaign group Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK) found a total of 137 different pesticide residues in all products, including many linked to serious chronic health effects.

It has compiled a list of a dozen fruits and vegetables most likely contaminated with multiple pesticides, with grapes and grapefruit topping the list.

Policy officer Nick Mole said more action was needed to address the growing levels of pesticides in our food.

All grapefruits tested were found to contain multiple pesticide residues, with more than 90 percent of the grapes, 70 percent of the bananas and more than 60 percent of the berries.

Nearly half of the pesticides found were banned in the UK, suggesting they are the result of imports.

He said: ‘With the cost of living forcing people to spend less on food, it is vital that consumers can trust that relatively cheap products such as bread will not expose them to dangerous mixtures of chemicals.’

Tests conducted on fruits and vegetables found 14 different pesticides on grapes, 13 on raspberries and 12 on peppers.

Mole added: ‘There is a growing body of evidence showing that pesticides can become more harmful when combined with each other.

“And yet we continue to set safety limits for only one chemical at a time.

“We actually have no idea about the long-term effects of consuming small amounts of hundreds of different chemicals.

“We choose to play Russian roulette with people’s health.”

UK products full of pesticides REVEALED
Product % Samples with Multiple Pesticides Highest number of pesticides found on one sample
Grapefruit 100% 9
Grapes 92% 14
Banana 72% 5
Berries and small fruit 60% 7
peppers 56% 11
raspberries 54% 13
Spring vegetables and kale 45% 7
Melon 45% 5
Beans with pods 40% 6
Eggplant 34% 8
Broccoli 23% 7
Mushroom 11% 4
Campaign Group Pesticide Action Network UK