The U.S. Apple release said that an independent toxicological report from Robert Krieger of the Personal Chemical Exposure Program, University of California, Riverside, found that a small child could eat 154 servings of apples every day without any effects from residues.
Brannen said registration of DPA goes back to the 1940s, and the EPA is likely to review the chemical again within the next few years. International Codex regulations have not found any food safety issues relating to DPA, she said.
Apples are again at the top of the Dirty Dozen list released by EWG in 2014, and Brannen said the consumer group counts the number of pesticides used on apples but doesn’t put those chemicals into proper context.
“They don’t tell you what the allowable limits are and they don’t tell you that in every instance, whether it is fresh apples, applesauce or apple juice, we are hundreds of times below the allowable levels, and that there are no safety issues,” she said. “We fully believe that bring up DPA this year is a way to get more media attention around their Dirty Dozen,” she said.