If you haven’t heard the news by now, the orange juice in your refrigerator may be contaminated with a fungicide that is used to kill “black spot” mold that grows on oranges. But, officials are already saying that it is safe for you to consume because the amount in the orange juice is allegedly minuscule.
If you’re a conspiracy theorist, you will be throwing out that O.J. no matter what we tell you. But for those of you who want to know why authorities are telling us it’s still safe, CNN is answering all of the FAQ’s. The orange juice in question are those brands that import the orange juice from Brazil. The fungicide known as carbendazim is present in their 2011 crops.
In 2010, we imported approximately 56% of our juice from Brazil, but normally it is more like 11%. Seventy-five percent of the locally consumed O.J. is domestic. The labeling is on the back of your orange juice container and will show whether or not your juice is from Brazil.
What is a little alarming though is that the FDA has halted all imports from all over the world and is testing all shipments. Read more of what you need to know here.