Orange-juice producers in Brazil, which supply about one in every six glasses drunk in the U.S., will stop using a fungicide that led shipments from the South American country to be detained, an industry group said.
Carbendazim, a fungus killer banned in U.S. groves, will be removed from a list of chemicals approved by Brazil’s orange- juice industry, the producers-run Fund for Citrus Plant Protection, known as Fundecitrus, said today in an e-mailed statement.
The fungicide, used to fight the black spot fungus in oranges, has been linked to liver tumors in animals. The U.S. started screening orange-juice imports last month after the Coca Cola Co., maker of Minute Maid, reported traces of carbendazim in shipments from Brazil. [Read more…]