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FDA bans fewer OJ shipments for illegal fungicide

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 6, 2012

The presence of carbendazim, a fungicide prohibited by American health regulations, has prompted the United States Food and Drug Administration to prevent just three additional shipments of imported orange juice within the past month.

In total the FDA has prevented 30 orange juice shipments from being imported into the United States since the government health regulator began its testing program at the beginning of this year, according to a recent FDA press release. That number includes two shipments from Costa Rica; 14 shipments from Brazil; 12 shipments from Canada, which utilizes Brazilian juice in its orange juice products; and one shipment apiece from Poland and the Dominican Republic.

The recent reduction in product banning would suggest that foreign exporters have begun testing orange juice product shipments for traces of carbendazim and sending these shiments to locations that allow the fungicide if they test positive for residues greater than the ten parts per billion ratio allowed by the FDA standard. The FDA began testing for the presence of carbendazim when Minute Maid and Tropicana, the two highest selling orange juice brand names in the United States, informed the agency they had detected small quantities of carbendazim in their products.

As a Fresno personal injury attorney, I am hopeful that the FDA’s new stricter testing policy will help to prevent any consumer illness that might result from the presence of an illegal fungicide in American food products. If you or someone you care about has been made ill by improperly manufactured food products, please consider contacting a Bakersfield personal injury attorney.

FDA Halting Orange Juice Imports Due to Fungicide Concerns

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on January 12, 2012

According to news sources, a decision by the Food and Drug Administration to block orange juice imports was taken after traces of fungicide were found in juices imported from Brazil. The fungicides, carbendazim, are chemical compounds that are used in agriculture to eliminate or prevent fungal spores from damaging crops.

The U.S does not allow carbendazim to be used as a pesticide checmical for orange juice, although it is approved in other countries. The Coca Cola company reportedly alerted the FDA about the potential use of the carbendazim by certain orange growers in Brazil, prompting the blockage of orange juice imports.

Existing orange juice products in the market are also being tested, however the agency has said that it would not remove products with low levels of the chemical since they do not pose a serious health risk.

The FDA is currently continuing its investigation into the matter.

As a Bakersfield personal injury lawyer, I deeply appreciate the ongoing efforts being made to ensure the safety and well being of consumers nationwide. I understand the constant risks posed by defective products and encourage consumers to learn more about recalled products and how to avoid them. I urge you to contact a personal injury attorney Bakersfield to learn about your legal options.

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