Coca-Cola Says It Alerted FDA About Fungicide In OJ

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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UPDATE: Thursday, January 12, 2012

Coca-Cola is acknowledging that it was the company that alerted federal regulators about low levels of fungicide in its own orange juice and in juice made by its competitors.

The warning prompted juice prices to rise, and it increased government testing for the residue.

The Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency have said orange juice is safe to drink.

Coca-Cola makes Minute Maid and Simply Orange brands of orange juice.

In a letter to the Juice Products Association earlier this week, an FDA official said the agency will start testing shipments of orange juice at the border, and detain any that contain traces of the chemical. Because it's not approved for use in the United States, any amount found in food is illegal. But because the FDA doesn't believe the levels of residue are harmful, the agency won't remove any juice currently on store shelves.

The discovery comes after the FDA said it would step up testing for arsenic in apple juice. FDA officials said last year that the agency is considering tightening restrictions for the levels of arsenic allowed.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Coca-Cola Co. says it alerted the Food and Drug Administration after it found some Brazilian growers had sprayed their orange trees with a fungicide that is not approved for use in the U.S.

The FDA had said Monday that an unnamed juice company detected low levels of the fungicide in orange juice products after testing its own and competitors' products.

Most orange juice products made by Coke and other companies contain a blend of juice from different sources including Brazil.

Atlanta-based Coca-Cola did not say which products it tested contained the fungicide. Its own orange juice products include Simply Orange and Minute Maid.

The FDA has said the low levels found of the fungicide aren't a safety risk but they will increase testing to make sure the contamination isn't a problem.

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