Coca-Cola Co. said Thursday it has been contacted by a 'relatively small number' of consumers with questions about an unapproved fungicide the company reported finding
in orange juice sold by it and competitors in the U.S.
Brazilian orange juice producers say the use of the fungicide carbendazim, which was discovered in some major U.S. orange juice brands, is widespread
in Brazil, raising concerns that most deliveries to the U.S. could contain
'The juice will definitely
have carbendazim,' Christian Lohbauer, president of the Brazilian Association of Citrus Exporters, said earlier this week, referring to exports from the most recent crop.
巴西柑橘出口商协会(Brazilian Association of Citrus Exporters)会长劳鲍尔(Christian Lohbauer)本周早些时候说，这批橙汁中一定会含有多菌灵。他说的橙汁是指产自最新柑橘作物的出口橙汁。
Carbendazim isn't approved for use in citrus in the U.S., but other countries allow certain levels of the substance in juice imports.
Coca-Cola's Simply Orange and Minute Maid, along with PepsiCo Inc.'s Tropicana, are the major U.S. brands currently made in part with Brazilian orange juice. The discovery of low levels of carbendazim in U.S. orange juice stocks has prompted U.S. federal
authorities to begin screening juice on supermarket shelves
and roiled prices of orange-juice futures.
可口可乐旗下的Simply Orange和美汁源(Minute Maid)以及百事公司(PepsiCo Inc.)旗下的纯果乐(Tropicana)都是美国主要果汁品牌，它们目前使用的部分原料来自巴西橙汁。由于在美国库存的橙汁中检出少量多菌灵，因此美国联邦监管机构开始筛查超市货架上的橙汁产品，橙汁期货价格出现波动。
Food and Drug Administration officials have vowed to pull juice with higher than trace elements of the potentially harmful
fungicide, which is 80 parts per billion
or higher. But consumer
concern thus far seems muted.
'Consumers are satisfied when they hear us say there is no safety issue with the Brazilian juice we use in our products and that we're working
closely with and takingguidance
from the FDA,' said Dan Schafer, a Coke spokesman. Coke routinely tests juice arriving at its plants, he said. Coke's primary
source of supply for orange juice sold in the U.S. is Florida.
PepsiCo declined to comment
Thursday on whether it has tested specifically for or found the fungicide in its Tropicana or Dole juice products, despite
the fact that the Brazilian producers asserted that virtually
all juice exported to the U.S. contains the substance.
In a statement, a Tropicana representative said Tropicana is 'safe,' that PepsiCo has a 'food safety system
designed to ensure the safety of our products,' and reiterated that the company will follow the FDA's guidance.
Paul Kiernan / Betsy McKay