Why American Apples Just Got Banned in Europe

Back in 2008, European Food Safety Authority asked the chemical industry for safety information on diphenylamine, or DPA. Widely applied to apples after harvest, DPA prevents brown spots that “becomes a concern when fruit is stored for several months”.

DPA isn’t believed to be harmful on its own. But it has the potential to break down into a family of carcinogens called nitrosamines—not something you want to find on your daily apple…

In the latest testing the USDA found DPA residues on US-grown apples in 80%. Average reading: 0.42 ppm, or about four times the new European limit. In other words, the apple on your countertop would likely be deemed unsafe by European authorities.

Read more at @ Mother Jones: Why American Apples Just Got Banned in Europe