Bayer yet to know if product was in orange juice shipped to US

13 February 2012 16:46  [Source: ICIS news]

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (ICIS)--Bayer CropScience said it has yet to determine whether its product was part of the fungicide found in Brazilian orange juice shipped to the US.

The US recently halted the entry of several shipments of Brazilian orange juice after finding they contained the fungicide carbendazim.

Brazil's citrus research foundation Fundecitrus removed carbendazim from its list of recommended fungicides.

Bayer sells carbendazim under the brand name Derosal 500 SC.

“Bayer CropScience clarifies that, with the information divulged so far, is not possible to accurate if the traces of carbendazim identified in the orange juice analysed in US came from the company, as divulged by the press,” Bayer said.

Bayer said multiple companies market carbendazim.

Bayer said it recommends the use of carbendazim to prevent the orange fungus verrugose.

It recommends the use of another fungicide, trifloxystrobin, sold under the brand name Flint, for the treatment of another fungus known as printa-preta disease.

Bayer said it did not know if Brazilian farmers have incorrectly used carbendazim for the treatment of printa-preta disease.

By: Leo Siqueira
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