The 2016 'Dirty Dozen' – Apples came in at No. 2 after having been a list leader for the past five years. More than 98% of the apples, strawberries, peaches and nectarines tested by the USDA tested positive for residue of at least one pesticide, EWG said.
The 2016 'Dirty Dozen' – Nectarines ranked 3rd and the fruit has moved up. Often nectarines rank toward the bottom of the list.
The 2016 'Dirty Dozen' – Peaches ranked No. 4 on the EWG list. Pesticide persisted on fruit, often even after it was washed, studies found.
The 2016 'Dirty Dozen' – Celery comes in at No. 4, showing a higher concentration of pesticide residue than many other green vegetables.
The 2016 'Dirty Dozen' – Grapes came in at No. 6. A single grape sample contained 15 pesticides, according to EWG.
The 2016 'Dirty Dozen' – They may be delicious in a pie, but cherries are No. 7. Nearly three-fourths of all the produce samples tested by the USDA had pesticide residue.
The 2016 'Dirty Dozen' – Spinach ranks No. 8 on the "Dirty Dozen" list. Other leafy greens such as kale and collard greens also may contain insecticides, although they are not ranked this year, the group says.
The 2016 'Dirty Dozen' – Tomatoes come in at No. 9. The USDA rotates what food it tests for pesticide with a special focus on produce that kids consume.
The 2016 'Dirty Dozen' – Sweet bell peppers make the No. 10 spot on the list. Hot peppers may also have pesticide, but they only made EWG's expanded list.
The 2016 'Dirty Dozen' – Cherry tomatoes came in at No. 11.
The 2016 'Dirty Dozen' – Cucumbers made No. 12 on the annual "Dirty Dozen" list. The EWG report says even if you peel the vegetable it still may have pesticide residue.
The 2016 'Dirty Dozen' – Potatoes dropped off the list, but the EWG report found that the average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other item in the produce list.