US: FDA blocks another orange juice shipment over fungicide

Posted: February 18th, 2012 - 9:33am
Source: USA Today

A shipment of orange juice from Canada has been rejected after testing positive for the prohibited fungicide carbendazim, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says in its latest weekly update. Eight other shipments tested negative.
So far, of the 104 shipments the FDA sampled between Jan. 4 and Feb. 2, 24 have tested positive and been detained or rejected, and 71 have tested negative. Of the blocked imports, 12 were from Canada and 12 from Brazil.
A positive result means a sample contained 10 parts per billion or more of carbendazim, which controls fungi that mar the skin of oranges but are not considered harmful to humans.
Though carbendazim is widely used by other countries, U.S. regulators banned its use on oranges in 2009. Trace amounts are still allowed in orange juice and 31 other foods, including grains, nuts and some non-citrus fruits.


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