A project by University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, tested honey samples contributed by citizen scientists from around the world for pesticide contamination. The Guardian reports that nearly 200 samples were analyzed for neonicotinoid insecticides and 75% contained the chemicals, with most contaminated with multiple types. Results of the testing were published in Science and showed that contamination rates were highest in North America, with 86% of samples containing one or more neonicotinoid. Although the contamination levels were almost all below the thresholds established for human consumption, 48% of the samples showed contamination levels above those determined to be harmful to bees.
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