Watch: Why U.S. Apples Got Banned in Europe

Apples may not keep the doctor away after all—at least, if they’re American. European food safety regulators banned the pesticide-coated staple last month because of diphenylamine (DPA), a potentially carcinogenic compound used to keep the fruit from turning brown. Whereas the European Union has limited the use of DPA to 0.1 parts per million, the Environmental Protection Agency currently allows 100 times that amount on its apples, Slate reports.

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