Debunking “Dirty Dozen” Claims

A letter written on behalf of farmers and marketers of conventional and organic fruits and vegetables from across the country was sent to syndicated television host Dr. Mehmet Oz to correct what is considered to be “especially egregious misinformation” about pesticide residues on fresh produce in a Dr. Oz Show segment that recently aired. The letter was organized by the Alliance for Food and Farming and co-signed by the Produce Marketing Association (PMA), United Fresh Produce Association, and Western Growers.


Click here to read the letter.

According to Hartman Group research funded by PMA, 29% of consumers reported in 2010 that they don’t buy more produce because of pesticide concerns, up from 18% in 2008.

Click here to view content from the Dr. Oz Show segment on pesticide residues and fresh produce.

A special workshop will be held Friday, Oct. 15 at PMA’s Fresh Summit International Convention & Exposition in Orlando. The workshop will feature a panel review that decries these "dirty dozen" claims and about the Alliance for Food and Farming’s ongoing plans to create awareness of the panel’s review – including a consumer website funded by PMA.

Source: PMA Issue Alert