California collects OJ samples for testing

02/27/2012 08:22:00 PM
By The Grower Staff

In response to fungicide residues being found in imported Brazilian orange juice, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation began collecting samples Feb. 1 and will continue through at least June.

Residue levels of the fungicide carbendazim were so low that they don't pose a health risk, according to a news release. Nevertheless, the product is not registered for use in the United Staets.

But the fungicide is registered for use in Brazilian, where it's used to control citrus black spot disease.

CDPR has a long-term agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to collect a variety of domestic and imported foods for the USDA's Pesticide Data Program.

DPR will send samples of ready-to-serve orange juice to the Washington State Department of Agriculture laboratory in Yakima for testing.

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Ed Trundle    
March, 02, 2012 at 03:15 PM

Will they be testing all orange juice ? I know some is produced in California, Ariona, and imported from Brazil and Mexico..

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