Super antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, full of essential vitamins for the immune system, good for hair and nail growth … We can’t say enough about the benefits of goji berries. But a recent study published in Purchasing test and relayed by 60 million consumers reveals that they are also full of pesticides.
Pesticides in organic goji berries
According to the results of the Belgian study, out of 15 sachets of natural goji berries: 10 contained traces of pesticides. And 4 of them, quantities that exceed the European regulatory threshold. Height of discovery: 3 of these products are stamped organic. In this regard, 60 million consumers recall that the organic label does not prevent the use of certain phytosanitary products.
The study points out that the berries are often imported from their country of origin: China. Champion in terms of high pesticide levels underlines the European Food Safety Authority, according to figures published in 2016.
However, this is not the first time that goji berries have been singled out for their concentration of pesticides in Europe. The gate RASFF set up by the European Constitution, to list the concerns related to agrifood products, has twenty alerts on this subject, just over the last two years.
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