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Coca-Cola Said It Told Government about Fungicide in OJ

posted on January 13, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) - 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
     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
     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.

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