U.S. apples banned in Europe: Does Diphenylamine, or DPA, make American apples unsafe?

Why Are Many American Apples Banned in Europe? (Video.)

Why Are Many American Apples Banned in Europe? (Video.)

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April 28 2014 3:36 PM

Are American Apples Safe to Eat? 

The European Union doesn’t think so.

American apples are back in the news. The concern? Diphenylamine, or DPA, a pesticide applied to apples after they’re harvested to help prevent browning. Its use was enough to prompt action from the European Union

Correction, April 29, 2014: This video originally misstated the parts per million acceptable for diphenylamine on U.S. and European apples. The U.S. limit is 10 ppm; it is 0.1 ppm in the European Union.

Dallas Jensen is a regular video contributor to Slate.