Consumer: FDA testing O.J., latest Ford recalls
January 11, 2012 (WPVI) -- In consumer news: Hundreds of thousands of minivans and SUVs are being recalled, and we have the latest details on safety tests of orange juice.
The first thing you should know is there is no recall on orange juice right now, but the U.S Food and Drug Administration has begun testing orange juice both at ports of entry and in the United States.
The concern is over a fungicide called carbendazim.
The FDA says very preliminary test results show levels of carbendazim well below the level of any safety concern.
No recalls are planned if the detected levels remain low.
The FDA was alerted by a company that found carbendazim in its juice as well as the juice of its competitors.
The feds have not identified the company or said where the juice originated.
Carbendazim is used in a variety of crops and has been linked to birth defects in rodents. It has not been approved for use on citrus in the United States, but it is used in Brazil, which exports orange juice to the United States.
So what does all this mean for consumers?
"Ultimately the prices of orange juice in the stores will go up. The manufacturers and the retailers will feel the cost increases from the commodities market. They will try to absorb those prices, but at some point, they will have to pass those prices along to the consumer," said Mark Lang.
Prices could go up 30%. The hike is also attributable to recent freezes in Florida.
Ford is recalling 450,000 minivans and SUVs; the 2001 and 2002 Ford Escape compact SUV, and the 2004 and 2005 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans.
The Escape can leak brake fluid, leading to a fire. The minivans have a shaft that can fail, causing the vehicle to lose power.
Soon you could say goodbye to the remote control.
Samsung has unveiled its latest line of TVs at the Consumer Electronics show, and they can be controlled with voice and hand gestures.
They also feature facial recognition, so the TVs know your viewing preferences as soon as you sit in front of them.http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2012/01/ces-when-to-buy-new-consumer-electronics/
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