HEALTH ALERT: Minute Maid, Simply Orange, and Tropicana brands of orange juice have been found to be contaminated with a dangerous fungicide. The Health Wyze Report Staff recommends only purchasing orange juice from companies that do not import their oranges, such as Florida Natural, and disposing of any other orange juices.
The F.D.A. is currently doing an "investigation" and has temporarily stopped imports of orange juice, which means that they are waiting until all of the tainted orange juice has been consumed, so they may proclaim that the crisis is over. There is no recall, nor will there be one.
In Brazil, a fungicide, known as carbendazim is used to prevent fungus from growing on trees, but this fungicide has not been approved in the United States. Carbendazim has been linked to birth defects in humans, and death in fish. The manufacturer, DuPont, has already been forced to pay damages for some of the harm that their chemical has caused. Carbendazim was banned in Australia, due to studies linking it with infertility.
Minute Maid, Simply Orange, and Tropicana orange juice have been found to be contaminated with the chemical, and it is likely that the same is true for other brands that use imported orange juice. More than a quarter of the orange juice that is sold in the United States is imported, despite the fact that the U.S. has southern states that can produce oranges throughout the year; and therefore, the importation of orange juice to the U.S. is simply a matter of greed. Brazil is currently the top importer of orange juice into the United States.
The F.D.A. has temporarily stalled the importation of orange juice, but contaminated orange juice is still on U.S. store shelves and in people's homes. None of the poisoned orange juice is being recalled. The same is likely true for Canadian supplies.
The F.D.A. was not even responsible for the discovery of the poison. The Coca Cola company, which produces Minute Maid, detected it in their own products and notified the F.D.A.. By not demanding a recall, the F.D.A. is providing immunity to Coca Cola from any damage that occurs as a result of this poison being in their products. Legally shielding companies in this manner is the primary function of the F.D.A., as evidenced by its policies.