It is now commonplace to find winter supplies of summer fruit from Chile (mostly) and other South American countries. This has been great news for those of us who, like me, really like blueberries, cherries, etc. all year long.
Recently, however, my sister-in-law advised against eating fruit from Chile because governmental regulation of pesticides is lax down there. She believes that Chilean fruit is laced with dangerous chemicals that would never be allowed up here.
Now my s-i-l is an unreliable source. She spends a lot of time at her PC forwarding endless e-mails filled with sophomoric humor, treacly tales of human interest, various conspiracy theories, urban legends, etc., to a long mailing list of victims, including me. Usually I'll just delete her stuff, but sometimes the subject line entices me to nibble (e.g., lawyer jokes). Which is why I read her missive on Chilean fruit. But the fact that she's an unreliable source doesn't mean that she can't be right. So I ask:
Can any of you hounds confirm that Chilean pesticide regs are weak and that the fruit they import up here should therefore be avoided?