Vicky BoydThe majority of fresh produce sold and sampled in California last year had no detectable pesticide residue, according to a report released by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.
During 2011, the Sacramento-based department collected 2,707 samples of more than 160 different types of domestic and imported produce.
Of those, about 60 percent—or 1,647 samples—had no detectable pesticide residues.
Another 36 percent had residues within limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
In addition, 3.4 percent had illegal residues, although most were at such low levels they did not pose acute health risks, according to the report.
Most of those samples were imported from other countries.
Of the total samples, 988 were from California-grown produce, and 97.9 percent were in within legal limits.
Nearly one-quarter of the samples were analyzed with new technology that expanded the number of pesticides detected.
The new technology will be full implemented by 2014.