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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Don't toss out that full carton of orange juice sitting in your refrigerator just yet.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is testing all orange juice and orange juice concentrate shipments as well as products at domestic manufacturers, but the regulating agency says "consumers can be confident that the orange juice in their refrigerators is safe."
Here's what you need to know: Why your orange juice is still safe
Millions of East Coasters are without power today due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. While the storm may be over, there may be another threat brewing behind closed doors – of your refrigerator.
When the power goes out, your food safety awareness should remain on - just like your flashlights. Knowing how to properly store food and water before, during and after natural disasters like Irene can significantly reduce your chances of foodborne illnesses.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) offered the following recommendations to determine if your food is safe and how to keep it as such:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has replaced the food pyramid with a more user-friendly plate icon to help Americans make healthy food choices.
We want to know what your ideal plate looks like. Our editor, Kat, created her version, which consists of some not-so-healthy helpings of fried okra, cherry pie, cheese grits, pulled pork, and a glass of scotch.
So, health repercussions aside, show us what your ‘MyPlate’ would look like. Turn your plate into a piece of art and send it to CNN iReport by Sunday at 5 p.m. EST. Your plate may be featured on Eatocracy, so let’s get creative!
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