Transcript for Pesticides in Our Orange Juice?
A new twist tonight in the investigation of pesticide in the -- -- at the grocery store last month we reported the government officials. We're at the nation's ports testing the -- as it entered the country and we learn -- night. That's small amounts of pesticide have now been found on the shelves in the grocery. The FDA though says it's not dangerous but we wanted to tell you which juices and exactly how much pesticide. ABC's senior national correspondent Jim novelist -- making calls all day. These three story high tanks are filled with orange juice contaminated with a banned pesticide. Tainted Jews from Brazil. Mixed into the American supply chain. And already being sold in grocery stores across the country. FDA tests detected the pesticide that in large doses could cause birth defects. In the Florida storage tanks -- major juice companies like Tropicana and minute maid. Import and -- but to their product. The government is stopping Brazilian who's doing the same or even lower levels of pesticide at the border. But the Jews already here is being sold with FDA -- We don't think that pose a safety concern for consumers toxicologist -- BC news it would take much more tainted juice -- one could drink. Upwards of eight gallons a day to bring on acute poisoning or lead to birth defects the Jews companies say it's too early to tell -- consumers. Are backing up processed OJ for breakfast. But at the stores it's not hard to find shoppers who have we haven't purchased -- -- since -- stories came out I don't want to take a chance Americans drink one billion gallons of Orange juice a year about 60% comes from Florida. The rest is imported from central and South America. Half the imported juice comes from Brazil. The origin of the Jews is printed on the cartons but avoiding Brazilian juice in the winter months is different because its leader -- And blend into the nearly all the -- sold so pulling the tainted juice from the shelves would mean nearly everything in the case would have to be destroyed. We think it would be unduly disruptive the food supply -- try to withdraw that product from the market so the FDA is not even ordering the contaminated tanks to be drained and cleaned. Instead the -- will continue to flow in the cartons in what the government promises is less than dangerous levels Jim copilot ABC news San Francisco.
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