Reports have indicated that the fungicide is present in orange juice products from the 2011 crop from Brazil

Reports have indicated that the fungicide is present in orange juice products from the 2011 crop from Brazil

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has suspended shipments of imported orange juice after The Coca-Cola Co reportedly found a banned fungicide in its supplies, according to reports.

The FDA said late yesterday (11 January) that it has temporarily suspended shipments of all imported orange juice in the US. The watchdog wants time to check supplies for a banned fungicide named carbendazim.

Earlier this week, the FDA announced it was testing orange juice for traces of carbendazim. It said that it was alerted to a potential problem by an unnamed US juice company, which found low levels of the fungicide in its orange juice and in its competitors' products.

That company is The Coca-Cola Co, according to Bloomberg, which said this morning that Coca-Cola has confirmed having found an unapproved fungicide in its orange juice and its competitors' juice.

The FDA has focused its investigation on Brazil, which is one of the world's biggest orange juice producers, alongside the US state of Florida. In Brazil, the FDA said, the fungicide is used legally to combat an orange tree mould called black spot. However, carbendazim has not been approved for use on citrus in the US.

The US drinks firm, which makes orange juice under its Simply Orange and Minute Maid brands, would not say which brands had shown the fungicide," Bloomberg said. Both brands contain juice from Brazil.

Neither the FDA nor Coca-Cola could be immediately reached for further comment this morning.