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3. Pesticides and waxes may be applied after harvest.
Some products are additionally processed with pesticides after they are harvested to slow the ripening. Inorganic citrus fruits, especially oranges, are often sprayed with pesticides, not only during cultivation, but also after harvest, in order to preserve freshness. If you look closely at your bag of oranges, you can see the following message: “Processed to maintain freshness when transported using "imazalil, o-phenylphenol sodium and / or thiabendazole" or "covered with edible beeswax based on vegetable wax and/or wax or resin based varnish resin."