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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Fungicide in our orange juice? FDA tests entire U.S. supply for illegal chemical found in imports from Brazil

The United State's entire orange juice supply is being tested by the Food and Drug Administration for an illegal fungicide after it was found in products imported from Brazil.

U.S. health regulators said on Wednesday they expect to release testing results for the fungicide called carbendazim that is illegal for U.S. citrus by the end of the week.

'We hope to have some quality-checked results by the end of the week,' said Siobhan DeLancey, an FDA spokeswoman.

The chemical commonly used in Brazil to fight mold on orange trees has so far been found in low levels in the juice according to officials and were not considered dangerous.

Brands such as Tropicana, from PepsiCo Inc, and Minute Maid, from Coca-Cola Co, may use a mix of juices sourced from Brazil and the United States.

An FDA spokeswoman said the company's testing found levels up to 35 parts per billion of the fungicide, far below the European Union's maximum residue level of 200 parts per billion. Read More