A German food laboratory found traces of potentially dangerous pesticide Dicofol and fungicides Procymidon and Chlorthalonil in six out of 20 random samples of imported strawberries reports Reuters . The samples were from Spain and Italy. All three substances are suspected of being carcinogenic. Dicofol belongs to the same chemical group as DDT and can cause hormone imbalances in humans. But Cetinkaya told Reuters the pesticides and fungicides found in the strawberries were all legal and the amounts found in the samples remain within the permitted threshold. Traces of chemicals have earlier been found in domestically produced strawberries in 1996 and 1998.
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