US halts foreign orange juice imports over fungicide concerns

There are reports that the government is halting all foreign imports of orange juice.

Imports have been stopped after a banned fungicide was discovered in orange juice coming from Brazil last month.

The Food and Drug Administration says if there are low levels of the fungicide, the juice will be destroyed or banned; however, orange juice with trace amounts can still be sold.

The fungicide, carbendazim, has been connected to a higher risk of cancer and liver tumors in animals.

Right now, the FDA is testing orange juice in the US that is ready for sale, as many products use a combination of imported and domestic oranges.

Some test results are due later this week.

Locally, both Wegmans and Price Chopper have confirmed that they have not pulled orange juice from their shelves.

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