Cans of bamboo shoots imported from China may have concerning levels of pesticide contamination.
Pesticides in Chinese Bamboo Shoots, 3.7 out of 5 based on 3 ratings
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There are some plant foods that we may want to stay away from, such as cans of bamboo shoots imported from China. This was a study to evaluate the residues of organochlorine pesticides like DDT in Chinese bamboo shoots. Now, this was research carried out in China, and as I read the article I couldn't help but get a distinct sense they were trying to downplay their findings. For example, they said only nine pesticides were detected.
This was their conclusion: "While all sampled bamboo shoots contained these pesticides, most… were safe for consumption.”
Uh, no thanks.
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That was short and sweet! OK, maybe not so sweet. Because organochlorine pesticides tend to build up in animal fat (see for example, Cannibalistic Feed Biomagnification, Avoiding Other Banned Pesticides, and Industrial Carcinogens in Animal Fat) we tend to think of meat, eggs, and dairy as being the most heavily contaminated. We especially think of farmed fish and fish oil, but studies like this suggest there may also be significant plant sources. Do environmental pollutants result in a weighty number of cancer cases? See yesterday's NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day Pesticides in Chinese Bamboo Shoots. How contaminated is the general population? See the first video in the series CDC Report on Environmental Chemical Exposure.
For some context, please check out my associated blog post: Pollutants in Californian Breast Tissue
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