F.D.A. promotes safety of orange juice

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WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration released a blog post from Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods, saying consumers do not need to be worried about the safety of orange juice.

The F.D.A. recently halted foreign shipments of orange juice as the result of finding the pesticide carbendazim in products from Brazil. The fungicide is used to combat mold, but the Environmental Protection Agency has not approved it for use on oranges.

“F.D.A. immediately consulted with E.P.A., which conducted a risk assessment and found that the levels being reported for orange juice products already in the United States were far below any level that would pose a safety concern,” Mr. Taylor said. “For that reason, F.D.A. determined that a recall of orange juice already on the market is not warranted. However, F.D.A. is testing orange juice products for carbendazim in the U.S. and if we identify orange juice with carbendazim at levels that present a public health risk, we will alert consumers and take the necessary action to ensure that it is removed from the market.”

Mr. Taylor explained much of the effort is a preventive measure to ensure other countries are complying with U.S. laws, and orange juice products in the U.S. food supply are being tested for compliance.

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