By Holly Lebowitz Rossi
January 12, 2012

Coca-Cola, which manufactures both the Simply Orange and Minute Maid brands of orange juice, has reported to federal regulators that the company has detected low levels of the fungicide carbendazim in its juice and in an unnamed competitors' juice.  The fungicide, which is illegal for use on food in the United States, is widely used against mold on orange trees in Brazil, which exports orange juice to many U.S. companies.

The FDA told MSNBC that it has not detected carbendazim levels higher than 10 parts per billion--if they had, a recall would be in effect.  The agency said it urges the industry to stop using the fungicide, and that any discovery of higher levels will prompt a recall.

Image: Orange juice, via Shutterstock.

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