|FDA Finds Traces of Illegal Fungicide in Brazilian Orange Juice|
|Written by Melanie Kozlan, Four Green Steps|
|Thursday, 12 January 2012 10:02|
Written by Melanie Kozlan, Four Green Steps
Another reason to switch to local produce: The FDA has come across an illegal fungicide know an as carbendazim in orange juice imported from Brazil. Brazil currently accounts for more than 10% of the orange juice supply in the U.S.A.
The pesticide is banned in U.S. citrus but it is used on orange trees in Brazil to fight mold. The FDA said low levels of carbendazim were not dangerous and the agency had no plans for a recall, but it would stop any shipments of orange juice at the border that tested positive for the fungicide.
Orange juice futures jumped almost 11 percent to an all-time high on the news, which was announced by the FDA in a letter to the Juice Products Association on Monday. The orange juice market is particularly prone to volatility because of its tiny size compared to oil and other major commodities. More
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