Study finds contaminated produce on island that hosted US Navy bombing range

Other News Materials 28 October 2008 00:44 (UTC +04:00)

A study is reporting high levels of toxic metals in agricultural products from a small Puerto Rican island that hosted a U.S. Navy bombing range until 2003, the Associated Press reported.

The study by the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez says some products from an organic farm on Vieques island had as much as 20 times the safe amount of lead and cadmium.

Professor Arturo Massol says the produce would not be safe for humans. His study says peppers, spinach and tomatoes all showed higher levels of contamination than products from the nearby Puerto Rican mainland.

The farm that provided the samples is dedicated to research and does not produce food for consumption.

A Navy spokeswoman did not immediately comment on the report's findings.