Test & Hold Policy

01/12 – The FDA has implemented a “test & hold” policy for all imports of orange juice beginning immediately. The hold could delay shipments for 5 – 10 business days while they test for the presence of the fungicide carbendazim. Testing began on January 4th and 3 samples have already tested positive for the fungicide.  Any shipment that tests above the acceptable limits will be denied entry into the United States.  Carbendazim is a fungicide commonly used in Brazil however has not been approved for use on oranges in the United States.

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