FDA Halts Orange Juice Shipments to Test For Fungicide
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it has halted shipments of imported orange juice from all over the world and will test each one for traces of fungicide.
The decision to test orange juice and orange juice concentrate shipments, which was announced Tuesday, came after an unnamed juice company alerted the FDA last month that it found low levels of the fungicide, carbendazim, in products imported from Brazil.
The FDA said it will examine all container shipments of orange juice that arrive at U.S. ports. The agency will sample contents from multiple parts of each shipment; the subsequent testing could take between five and ten business days.
Shipments that test negative for “detectable levels” of carbendazim will be allowed to enter the country. Read more here.
Date: January 12, 2012