Orange Juice Contamination

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will test imported orange juice at U.S. borders because low levels of fungicide Carbendazim was detected in testing of orange juice from Brazil.

Carbendazim is a fungicide used to kill fungal spores. It is not approved for use on citrus in the U.S.  At certain levels Carbendazim is considered a public health risk.

The FDA has determined that orange juice containing Carbendazim at levels of 80 parts per billion (ppb), or less, is not a public health risk.

Coca-Cola testing has shown Carbendazim at levels of 10-35 ppb.  Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, Inc. control 59% of orange juice sales in the U.S.  Coca-Cola orange juice products are Minute Maid, Simply Orange and Naked Juice.

Coca-Cola alerted the FDA of Carbendazim in orange juice from Brazil in December, 2011.

Orange juice futures rose 26.4% in commodities markets in first 10 days of January, 2012, because of possible U.S. ban on orange juice from Brazil.

Link to FDA Letter of Notification to test imported orange juice from Brazil for fungicide Carbendazim _

Link to WedMD that provides more information about banned fungicide Carbendazim _