Brazil orange-juice firms may have used wrong fungicide – Bayer

07 February 2012 23:24  [Source: ICIS news]

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (ICIS)--The fungicide carbendazim, found in several shipments of Brazilian orange juice sent to US, may have been used incorrectly, Bayer Science Crop Brasil said on Tuesday.

Bayer Science Crop Brasil, which is one of the registered producers of carbendazim in the country, said  in a statement that is hard to determine if its carbendazim was the one found in the orange-juice shipments sent to the US.

In Brazil, Bayer's carbendazim is sold under the brand Derosal 500 SC. It is used to prevent verrugose disease.

However, several Brazilian orange-juice producer use carbendazim to prevent pinta-preta, another citrus disease.

"For pinta-preta disease, we recommend the fungicide Flint (trifloxystrobin), which has the maximum amount of the residue, according to American and European requirements for exports", the company said.

If the carbendazim was used for a purpose other than for treating verrugose, then it was used incorrectly, the company said.

Recently, Brazil's citrus research foundation Fundecitrus removed carbendazim from its list of recommended fungicides after the substance was found in orange juice.

Fundecitrus, a citrus grower industry-funded research group, took the action after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused the entry of several Brazilian shipments of orange juice that contained carbendazim.

By: Leo Siqueira
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