A study conducted by Spanish scientists in 2008 found pesticides in 100 fruit-based drinks from 15 different countries. They tested for pesticides such as carbendazim, thiabendazole, and imazalil, and malathion, which are applied to crops post harvest and can remain on fruits and vegetables during processing. They found large concentrations of pesticides, in the micrograms per liter range, in most of the samples tested. This has raised concerns linking the impact of chronic pesticide exposure to the health of children who regularly consume these drinks. A recent news ABC news report uncovered similar levels of contamination in orange juice processed using fruit from Brazil.
Finally, the USDA Pesticide Data Program found that honey is contaminated with up to 12 pesticide residues. Many of these pesticides have adverse affects on both human health and the environment. These pesticides can be carcinogens, hormone distributors, neurotoxins, and developmental or reproductive toxins. The most common pesticide found in honey is coumaphos, which is present in over 30% of honey samples. Coumaphos is an organophosphate that has been linked to impaired memory and concentration, disorientation, severe depressions, irritability, confusion, headache, speech difficulties, delayed reaction times, and drowsiness or insomnia from chronic exposure.
ANP Health offers two products for the detection of pesticides in juice and honey.
- NIDS® Rapid Pesticide Test for Professional Use (ACE II)
- ACE II is ideal for professional use to ensure pesticide-free substances such as juice and honey and includes tests as well as a handheld reader.
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- NIDS® Rapid Pesticide Test for Home Use (ACE III-C)
- The ACE III Test can be used at home as a fast, easy test for pesticides in a wide variety of mediums including juice and honey.
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*Organic Extraction is required for the testing of juice and honey.