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U.S. Halted 30 Total Orange-Juice Shipments in Probe

April 09, 2012

(Corrects first and third paragraphs to show 30 shipments have been halted since January, not in March.)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has detained 30 orange-juice shipments since January after samples tested positive for a banned fungicide.

The FDA made the announcement in a monthly update on April 5 on its website. The agency said it has tested 144 shipments. As of March 1, 27 shipments had been halted.

Fourteen of the shipments halted were from Brazil, 12 were from Canada, two were from Costa Rica and one each was from the Dominican Republic and Poland.

Since January, the agency has been testing imports and domestic supplies for carbendazim, which has been linked to liver tumors in animals.

Brazil is the world’s largest citrus producer.

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