Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - The U.S. Government announced that traces of an unapproved chemical have turned up in some orange juices. They are not naming brands at this time because the investigation continues.
This all began with a confidential call made to the FDA. An unidentified orange juice company said it found a chemical banned in the U.S. in its juice. Another test found the same chemical in other brands as well.
It's a pesticide used in other countries to kill fungus in orange groves. So far, the levels are low and no health hazards have been identified but the investigation continues, Wednesday. The FDA banned the pesticides because in animal studies, high levels of consumption has been linked to hormonal and reproductive problems.
"Not all of the OJ that us consumers drink comes from oranges that were grown here in the US and just because a chemical is illegal here doesn't mean that other countries don't allow it to be used," Patty Lovera with the Food and Water Watch said.
We get a lot of our food from other countries. In the case of orange juice, over a quarter of what we buy comes from other countries including Brazil and Mexico. It's mixed with juice from America, stated in the fine print.
We also import other produce including 100 percent of all the limes in the U.S. Seventy-five percent of our apple juice, asparagus and processes mushrooms are also imported.
The orange juice with the chemical in it was imported from Brazil. Now, the FDA is scrambling to test orange juice at the nation's ports and processing plants. The FDA will release more information on this consumer alert later, Wednesday.