Herbicide Residual

Asked December 18, 2019, 6:49 PM EST

Herbicide Residual on onions? Wan to maek soop 4 christmas...Dont want herbicide in the soop.
What should we do? I am conflikted...

Lane County Oregon

1 Response

Hi,

Are these onions you grew or did you purchase them from the store? According to the National Pesticides Information Center (NPIC) "Pesticide residues on the food we eat are highly regulated. Although some residues may remain at the time of harvest, residues tend to decline as the pesticide breaks down over time. In addition, as the commodities are washed and processed prior to sale the residues often diminish further. There are several steps consumers can take to further reduce any pesticide residue that may remain on your food after purchase."

Onions are peeled, so any herbicide residue that might be on the surface would be removed when you remove the peel.

If you have additional questions it would be best to contact NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email us at npic@ace.orst.edu.