FDA detains Canadian orange juice for fungicide
January 27th, 2012
04:30 PM ET
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The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it had detained orange juice shipments from Canada after they tested positive for low levels of a banned fungicide previously found in Brazilian juice.

The FDA announced earlier this month that it would begin testing foreign orange juice shipments for the presence of the fungicide carbendazim before allowing them to enter the country. On Friday, the agency said that among 80 shipments from around the world it tested so far, six from Canada and five from Brazil had tested positive.

The samples that have tested positive so far had carbendazim levels of between 10 and 52 parts per billion. The Environmental Protection Agency says carbendazim levels under 80 parts per billion do not raise safety concerns.

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  1. No

    I love the snide comment at the end that says the EPA claims 80ppb or less are not an issue. Suggesting of course this is a targeted import ban to benefit US orange growers. And perhaps undermining the EPA. Perhaps farmers or Florida's Natural got some lobbying power?

    January 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  2. tudulu

    I was wondering what the heck they are talking about "orange juice from Canada"...the only thing I can think of is that Canada imports oranges, makes juice and then exports some of it to U.S. What a hoot.

    January 30, 2012 at 11:34 am |
  3. wavejump1100

    since when do oranges grow in canada

    January 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
  4. Cheryl

    WTF? I hear ya @QuipsTravails, there are no oranges here, I wish. Weirdest headline i've seen in a while...

    January 27, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
  5. Michele Hays @QuipsTravails

    OK, this raises the question: why are people in the US buying orange juice from CANADA? I get that we buy it from all over the world, but why on earth are we buying from a non-orange producing country?

    January 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
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