Something is going on with orange juice. You heard about it in the news, but what did it mean? Is this something you should be worried about? We'd heard the same things too, and when we noticed big country of origin signs in the grocery store, we grabbed the one with the flag on it and vowed to find out. Here is the scoop on orange juice, exactly what you need to know about your favorite fruit juice, from foreign sources and domestically produced… All shipments of imported orange juice are being held and individually inspected by the FDA. This started in early January when Minute Maid (a Coca-Cola company) reported that it's own products and the products of several of their competitors were tainted with the banned fungicide carbendazim. The fungicide is illegal in the US, but allowed in other countries, namely Brazil, the source of 80% of the world's orange juice. It is used to control spores that are no threat to ingest, but they do cause an unattractive black spot on the leaves and fruit, so that is why it is sometimes used. Spokespeople for juice lobbying associations will proclaim that carbendazim is no threat to humans, but the chemical has been linked to liver tumors and reproductive issues in animals. In any case, it is illegal for use on food products entering the United States....Read More
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