When word broke that the Food and Drug Administration had halted orange juice shipments to check for a potentially harmful fungicide, the government was mum on which company found evidence that triggered the reaction. Now Coca-Cola solved the mystery by confirming it was responsible for spotting carbendazim — an illegal fungicide believed to cause infertility — in a shipment from Brazil.
According to the AP, Coca-Cola spotted carbendazim not only in its own drinks, but those of a competitor. Testing revealed of 35 parts per billion of the fungicide in a Coke product, a level that the Environmental Protection Agency poses no significant threat.
In its testing process that is expected to last between 5 and 10 business days, the FDA is taking no chances. It will turn away or destroy products that show any trace of the fungicide. So far, none of its tests have spotted a trace of the substance, which is disappointing news for anyone who was hoping to score some bonus contraception in their orange juice or soda.
Coca-Cola says it told gov’t about fungicide in OJ [AP via MSNBC]