FDA Halting Orange Juice Imports Due to Fungicide Concerns
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.
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