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Contamination

Fungicide Detected in Orange Juice


On January 9, 2012, the U.S Food and Drug Administration announced it will step up testing for a fungicide that has been found in low levels in orange juice. They say they are not concerned about the safety of the juice but will increase testing to make sure the contamination is not a problem. Not a problem? The fungicide they are referencing is carbendazim, classified by Friends of the Earth as one of their ‘filthy four’ pesticides.

Carbendazim

Carbendazim is a fungicide of major concern. It is suspected that the chemical has hormone disrupting effects. It has been highlighted by Friends of the Earth as one of their ‘filthy four’ pesticides as it could be harmful to human health and the environment.

Developed by chemical giants, BASF (now part of Bayer) and Dupont, carbendazim is used to control a broad range of diseases on arable crops which include cereals, oilseed rape, fruits, vegetables and ornamentals. The global market is worth over $200 million at user level -- equivalent to over 12,000 tones of active ingredient.

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