Molecule of the Week

Carbendazim

June 11, 2012

Carbendazim is a degradation product of the widely used fungicide benomyl and may be its active ingredient. Carbendazim itself is manufactured and marketed as a fungicide by several Chinese companies, but because it can disrupt hormone activity in animals, it is not approved for use in the United States and other countries. Recently, carbendazim was detected in orange juice imported from Brazil (where it is legal), and the FDA is testing the juice to determine whether it poses a health risk.

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