Samples have been taken from a total of 106 shipments of orange juice or concentrate, of which 77 have tested negative for the unapproved fungicide, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA),
So far, 58 shipments have been released including 22 from Canada, 18 from Mexico and three from the Dominican Republic, two each from Italy, Argentina, Costa Rica, Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago.
The remaining 5 released shipments were from Brazil, Lebanon, Belize, Thailand and Turkey.
Twenty-four shipments have been detained or refused entry to the US after samples have tested positive for carbendazim, including 12 from Canada and 12 from Brazil.
The FDA implemented the measures after being alerted to levels of the unapproved fungicide by Minute-Maid manufacturer Coca-Cola. It warned the agency after it found levels of the unapproved fungicide in its own marketed product, its’ competitors and not yet marketed samples.
Both Brazilian orange juice product export trade body CitrusBR and import law specialist FDAImports.com have been critical of the measures, as reported by FoodQualityNews.com.