FDA: Orange juice from 5 nations have safe fungicide levels

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Posted: Jan 20, 2012 11:29 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health regulators on Friday said samples of imported orange juice from five countries -- not including Brazil -- have safe levels of the fungicide carbendazim since authorities stopped some imports on January 4.

The samples come from Canada, Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica and Belize.

The Food and Drug Administration said it had collected 45 samples of juice, juice concentrate and juice powder in total. Nineteen have tested "non-violative" for carbendazim and 12 of those have been released. Another 26 samples are awaiting analysis or remain under compliance review. The agency is also testing 14 samples of domestic orange juice.

(Reporting By David Morgan; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)