F.D.A. finds fungicide in 11 shipments of orange juice

by Keith Nunes
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WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration said it has identified the fungicide carbendazim at levels above 10 parts per billion in 11 samples of imported orange juice and orange juice concentrate. Of the 11, six were from Canada and five were from Brazil. The shipments that have tested positive above the threshold level have been banned from entering the country.

The agency added that it has taken a total of 80 samples and 29 have tested negative for the fungicide. Testing is ongoing for the remaining 40 samples.

The F.D.A. also said testing of the samples from domestic orange juice manufacturers remains in process and the results will be available next week.

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