Kristin Butler
Apples growing in upstate New York

Europe Bans Sale of American Apples


Following apple harvests in America, the chemical diphenylamine, better known as DPA, is often sprayed to prevent "storage scald" or brown spots on the fruit, according to Washington State University, reported Mother Jones.

While not harmful on its own, DPA can break down into a carcinogen. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency currently allows up to 10 parts per million DPA residue on domestic apples—100 times that of Europe's regulation.

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture monitored DPA residue on American-grown apples and found the chemical on 80 percent of them.

To protect its citizens, Europe is banning the sale of American apples in grocery stores.

The take away? Stick to organic apples whenever possible, and support your local farmers' market.

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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
Whatever happened to; "an apple a day keeps the doctor away?" I guess it's still true, but the doctor is a Ph.D. in journalism and not an oncologist.

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Submitted by bullbear on
No doubt Granny Smith is turning in her grave, knowing that harsh chemicals are being used with profit margin being the primary motivator. Smith spent her life cultivating apple trees in Australia and produced high quality apples suitable for export and trees that are able to last up to 50 years with tender care. Today, there are more than 7,500 species worldwide, so why do our world marketeers choose to import and export produce that contain sprayed chemicals that goes into our bodies that perhaps will have long term medical complications? Then we sit and wonder why our healthcare costs skyrocket with each passing year. Most of us have eaten those tasteless apples in our local grocer's produce section which have been genetically modified for longer shelf life. I now walk over to the organic food section and pick two or three apples that have delicious flavor and gives me a peace of mind knowing that they are developed by nature, not chemically-controlled processes. I do not blame Europe in the least for taking steps for the well-being of its citizens. Now that I think about it, tribal nations should be doing more business with one another for quality produce from their regions. This thought that came about decades ago could very well stand a revisiting. In the meanwhile, slice me a nice wedge of that granny smith apple pie and make it a la mode.

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Submitted by bausercj on
The FDA is killing us sooner than normal life span of a human and getting paid off like the mob is the reason they approve poison to be fed to humans here on turtle island. A better way to get rid of people sooner than having war, how grateful we are to have gansters looking out for our behalf. It the price is right they will approve anything to feed to us and all they care about is the money. Greed rules over life of people and mother earth, they are killing both and getting away with it.