Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) revealed that some organic produce contain pesticides. This includes nearly 23.6% of organic apples. The results of these tests were obtained through Access to Information Act.
CFIA reports stated that out of the 112 individual produce samples tested between 2010 to 2011 contained more than one type of pesticide residue. However, only 1 of the 112 samples violated the maximum pesticide residue limit allowed for safety reasons that apply to all produce. The organic apples that were found to have pesticide residue contained an average of 0.03 parts per million (ppm) of the fungicide
thiabendazole, while conventional apples contain an average of 0.4 ppm of the substance.
Pesticides is likely to come from several sources, including post-harvest processing, spray drift or the soil in which the produce was grown and largely during packing and processing.
Dedicated organic consumers are disappointed with the test results.