Fear of Carbendazim in Coca-Cola’s Orange Juice Spreads Online

Chinese Minute Maid Orange Juice.

A Chinese Minute Maid Orange Juice and Coca Cola bundle.

The hottest post on popular Chinese microblogging service Sina Weibo right now…

From Sina Weibo:

@美食上海站: “Attention, everyone don’t drink Minute Maid’s Pulpy Orange Juice”. Coca-Cola has admitted that its orange juice contains agricultural fungicide carbendazim, which is prohibited in the United States, though the concentrations do not exceed limits. However, experts say carbendazim can cause brain damage and liver tumors. Orange juice sold in Hong Kong is also included, and Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department is currently investigating. Experts indicate that carbendazim is like other agricultural chemicals and have the most effect on the brain, and can cause partial paralysis. For everyone’s health, forward this to your loved ones!

The above post is spreading rapidly on Sina Weibo, having been forwarded over 77,000 times within 15 hours of being posted. It currently has over 10,600 comments…

Comments on Sina Weibo:


I was just drinking it yesterday = =


These days eating anything is slow suicide.


For everyone’s health, please have relevant documented evidence before forwarding microblog posts. If it is just to create hype, please just shut up, thank you.


Good thing I don’t like to drink Minute Maid orange juice.


[怒][怒][怒] Real or fake?


Doesn’t exceed limits, do you guys know what that means?


Is there anything left that is still safe to drink?


My god, I normally drink it all the time. Looks like I better just drink plain boiled water from now on.


These days even plain boiled water isn’t necessarily safe.


I don’t dare drink it ever again.


NND, I rather quite liked drinking it too! [怒]


Though the concentrations do not exceed limits… Many beverages have additives, none of them are anything good. The key is whether or not they exceed limits, and since this doesn’t exceed limits, where is the significance of this microblog post?


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