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REPORT WARNS ABOUT
PESTICIDES IN THANKSGIVING FOODS

Toxic pesticide use in the production of favorite Thanksgiving foods could pose health risks and cause consumers to lose their appetites, according to "Chemical Cornucopia," a reportreleased by the United States Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG). The report also suggests what consumers can do to avoid eating "toxic turkeys"and other pesticide-laden foods this holiday.

"As families sit down to give thanks this holiday, many do not realize that they are piling their plates with a chemical cornucopia," warned Todd Robins, Environmental Advocate with U.S. PIRG. "The chemicalsused to produce the food we eat at Thanksgiving pose serious health risksto the public."

Chemical Cornucopia examined the twenty-five pesticides and herbicides most heavily used in U.S. agricultural production and found that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations allow residual amounts of these chemicals to remain on the foods and ingredients most likely to be on Thanksgiving tables. Among the pesticides used inlarge quantities to produce Thanksgiving favorites, many are known or suspected to cause serious adverse health affects in humans and animals, according to the PIRG report.

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