Orange Juice Rejected Due to Fungicide Traces

The United States has zero tolerance for the presence of chemicals like carbendazim, detected in two shipments of orange juice exported from Costa Rica.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The fungicide is used to fight orange fungus. News of the rejection of these two shipments was published on the U.S. government’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website on April 5 and on a bulletin at the Nasdaq stock market.

The company that owns the cargo is Tico Frut, which has a long-term contract to sell all of their produce to Coca Cola. Carlos Odio, president of Tico Frut, the leading producer of oranges in Costa Rica, offered no comment.

Nacion.com reports that "... according to the FDA, as of 30th March 144 samples of orange juice or concentrate had been analyzed. Of these, 103 (including two from Costa Rica) were negative for the presence of carbendazim. But the others had residues above 10 parts per billion of this fungicide, including two from Costa Rica. "

On 14th March, the State Phytosanitary Service sent reporters a statement which defended the U.S’s "zero tolerance" policy relating to several products, including carbendazim.



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