FDA Seizes Nearly 14% of Imported Orange Juice Over Fungicide




The imported orange juice contained trace amounts of carbendazim, used to combat a fungus that leaves black spots on tree leaves. The fungicide is not allowed in the U.S.

Nearly 14% of orange juice imported to the U.S. since early this month has been seized by the Food and Drug Administration because it contained trace amounts of a fungicide, carbendazim, according to the agency.

FDA officials said the juice was safe to drink but that carbendazim, used to combat a fungus that leaves black spots on tree leaves, was not allowed in the U.S.

“We don’t feel that this is a safety problem,” FDA spokeswoman Siobhan DeLancey said. “This is more of a regulatory issue.

“We don’t have any plans to call for a wholesale recall of orange juice.”

The FDA has also been testing domestically produced orange juice products. DeLancey said results of those tests would be released next week.

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  • anna washke

    What happens to the other 86 percent?

  • Myrtlelinder

    People, start reading your orange juice labels. Be sure it is USA grown, which I understand some of this fungus has been found in it too, but not the extent that they imported juice.