Q: I will be visiting your country this summer and have a question regarding fresh fruit. I eat a pear and an apple every day unpeeled because the fruit we get here is inspected for pesticides. Does the fresh fruit in Iceland get inspected for pesticides?
Karen Benovalis, Auckland, New Zealand
A: Herdís Gudjónsdóttir, a specialist on imports at the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST), said the fruit in Iceland is also inspected for pesticides.
MAST is working according to the European food safety Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed and takes samples regularly both from imported fruit and vegetables and locally grown vegetables and there hasn’t been a case of elevated levels pesticides in years.
So you can feel relaxed about eating unpeeled fruit in Iceland, Gudjónsdóttir said, adding that hardly any chemical substances are used when growing Icelandic vegetables and that the Icelandic water is clean enough to drink from the tap.
Click here to read the answer to a recent question on Icelandic vegetables.