Ban On Orange Juice Imports Because Of Chemical

A ban is in place on all imported orange juice after a potentially harmful fungicide was found in juice concentrates out of Brazil.

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating. They were tipped off to the problem by Coca Cola, who found the chemical both in its own orange juice brands and its competitors.

The fungicide is called carbendazim, and it has been linked to fertility problems in animals.

It is banned in the United States, but is used by farmers in Brazil to prevent fungus.

Inspectors have been testing each shipment of orange juice coming into the country. They say the levels they've found so far are very low, and not a safety concern.

FDA officials say the orange juice in your refrigerator should be just fine, and they don't plan to issue a recall.

The ban will likely lead to a price hike for orange juice at the grocery store.

If you are concerned about where your orange juice is coming from, check the carton. That information is required by federal law to be listed on the label.

About 11 percent of our orange juice is imported from Brazil because weather conditions are unpredictable in Florida.


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