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Company finds low fungicide levels in orange juice

Published by Steve Coleman on January 12, 2012

The US Food and Drug Administration plans to step up testing on orange juice after Coca-Cola Co. alerted the government watchdog to the fact Brazilian growers had sprayed trees with a fungicide not approved for US use.

The FDA said Jan. 11 that an unnamed company had alerted it to the problem after testing its own products and juice sold by competitors.

Bottlers usually make orange juice from fruit collected in a variety of sources. The Associated Press says Coca-Cola didn't say which products contained the chemical. The FDA says the low levels uncovered during the testing don't pose a health risk.

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