FDA Monitoring Orange Juice for Fungicide


The Food and Drug Administration thinks that a sketchy foreign fungicide might have contaminated Brazilian orange juice — so FDA officials might start turning away OJ imports from there, according to

Fears that carbendazim — a chemical not approved for use in the U.S. — slipped into American OJ surfaced earlier this week, when Minute Maid parent company Coca-Cola announced that some of its Brazilian growers had sprayed trees with the substance.

Most orange juice in the U.S. features juices from many countries, including Brazil.

No juice has been recalled, but the FDA is going to start testing shipments to Port Newark — through which one-third of the country’s imported OJ travels. If the juices test positive, the FDA won’t let them into the U.S.