Customers of the Heart of England Co-operative Society, which recently signed up with the Co-operative Retail Trading Group to supply its fresh produce, have been assured the products are safe to eat. This follows the publication of a government report on pesticide levels which found traces in major multiples. But George Flower, general manager, food, says that in recent tests no Co-op branded produce was found to have levels above the maximum allowable limits. While several pesticides are legally allowed to be used, the CRTG has established its own ban of a systematic insecticide called Lindane used on crops like carrots and potatoes. It is now seeking to ban Aldicarb, Carbendazim and Vinclozolin which are variously used on lettuce, apples, runner beans, strawberries, onions and celery. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}

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