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One in four fresh Costa Rican vegetables contaminated with pesticides

The Costa Rican State Phytosanitary System has published the 'Report 2018 on Analysis of Pesticide Residues in Fresh Vegetables in Costa Rica of National Production and Import Intention' generated by the Agrochemical Waste Control Unit.

In this report, it is revealed that 1 out of 4 fresh vegetables consumed in the country contain pesticides in amounts above what is allowed. This means the use of agro-toxics in Costa Rica is beyond the internationally acceptable standards.

Among the crops that stand out for the amount of pollution they have are chili, coriander, tomato, and celery; while the imported ones highlight beans, rice, apples, and grapes among the most contaminated foods that come from abroad.

Among the vegetables, no pesticides (or non-traceable amounts) were found on palm hearts, cocoa, corn, lemon, beans and onions produced in the country.


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