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Health Warning for Certain Edible Cactus Types

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(FOX11/ CNS) - State health officials warned today against eating
certain cactus because it was sprayed with dangerous pesticides in Mexico.
  

A batch of cactus pads, or "nopales," tested to have been doused with
Moncrotophos, a pesticide that was banned in the United States in 1989,
according to the California Department of Public Health in Sacramento.
  

Scientists issued a statement today warning that the cactus had been
measured at 5.8 parts per million of the pesticide.
  

The state office said it has removed the cactus pads from stores, but
some had been sold in bulk form at three Los Angeles produce stands: J&L
Produce on Mission Road and La Sucursai Produce on Central Avenue on Feb. 6;
and at Fresh American produce on Mission Road on Feb. 7.
  

Some of the cactus was also sold in the Bay Area, Stockton and
Sacramento last week.
  

Whole boxes of the tainted cactus were labeled "Comercialazadora de
Chiles, Selectos Nieto S. de R.L de C.V," but the cactus pads were sold to
consumers without labels.
  

Washing, peeling or boiling the cactus could remove some of the poison
but the state urged people to throw it out. No cases of poisoning or illness
have been reported.
  

The state office said it was working with the FDA to identify the
growers in Mexico and importers in the U.S.
  

Cooked nopales, or spiny cactus pads, are a traditional vegetable dish
in some areas of Mexico. They are usually boiled or pickled, and served peeled
and without the needles.  
  

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