Processing Magazine

Manufacturer finds banned chemical in imported orange juice, FDA reports

January 12, 2012

SEATTLE — A fungicide that has been shown to cause birth defects was detected in imported orange juice, KOMO News reported.

The chemical, carbendazim, has been banned by the Food and Drug Administration.

"The FDA received a report from an orange juice manufacturer that carbendazim, which is a particular fungicide used in several other countries, was found in their orange juice and the orange juice of one of their competitors," said Dr. Richard Besser.

Inspectors are now conducting tests at ports in Florida and California.