SIRC Media Watch Archive
Comment and Opinion – March 2002

The great unwashed. The Food Standard Agency's suggestion that we really don't need to wash or peel all of our fruit and vegetables has upset those hygiene-conscious people at Friends of the Earth. Strange really given that FoE and their chums at the Soil Association are forever urging us to buy products grown in the faecal deposits of horses, cows and even battery chickens. But why is the FSA proposing this apparent U-turn on the advice it gives about pesticide traces and their elimination that washing is supposed to achieve? Full story.