Cans of bamboo shoots imported from China may have concerning levels of pesticide contamination.
That was short and sweet! Okay, 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 (see Farmed Fish vs. Wild-Caught) and fish oil (see DDT in Fish Oil Supplements), but studies like this suggest there may also be significant plant sources. Do environmental pollutants result in a weighty number of cancer cases? See President’s Cancer Panel Report on Environmental Risk. How contaminated is the general population? See the first video in this series: CDC Report on Environmental Chemical Exposure.
For further context, check out my associated blog post: Pollutants in Californian Breast Tissue.