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Pesticide in juice: Coca Cola says ok, expert says no

(People's Daily Online)

09:50, February 24, 2012

Minute Maid, the juice produced by Coca-Cola Co.

Edited and translated by Ye Xin, People's Daily Online

In late December, Coca-Cola Co alerted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it had detected low levels of carbendazim in its own juice, as well as in samples taken from a competitor's orange juice and juice concentrate imported from Brazil.

In addition, Coca-Cola China said in a statement on its website on Jan 12 that Orange juice containing extremely small amount of the fungicide will not cause health hazards.

However, Professor John W.S. Ho from the Department of Biochemistry under the Chinese University of Hong Kong challenged the interpretation. He pointed out that the carbendazim, like other pesticides, has the greatest impact on brain and it can cause partial paralysis.

In China, this kind of orange juice Minute Maid produced by Coca-Cola is still on sale in supermarkets and stores.

Some of consumers, who bought Minute Maid said they never heard this news, some adopted an indifferent attitude and only a few of the consumers said they will never buy the drink in the future.

Read the previous report about the producer's response to the noxious juice:
Orange juice safe, makers say

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helen at 2012-02-24203.82.92.*
Chinese people must be enlightened and warned of fast food and unhealthy products imported from foreign countries. They must be educated that many foreign products do pose health problems. It"s time for the Chinese people to be more discerning and discriminative in their use of foreign products just as they have been with some domestic producers.

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