Pasteurization refers to the process of heat-treating a substance to remove dangerous bacteria. Bottled fruit and vegetable juices are examples of products that are pasteurized before they are bottled, to prevent illness among consumers. According to Foodsafety.gov, bottled juices that have not been pasteurized have the potential to carry serious bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella. Luckily, there is an easy way to ensure your bottled juice has been properly pasteurized.
Pick up the bottle of juice and read the entire label. Look for the warning label that states it has not been pasteurized. The FDA requires bottled juices that have not been pasteurized to carry a warning label.
Ask the store manager or contact the supplier if the label is unclear.
Ask the supplier if the juice has been pasteurized for fresh-squeezed juices sold by the glass at roadside stands, juice bars and similar venues. The FDA warning label does not apply to fresh-squeezed juices sold in these situations.
Tips & Warnings
- The FDA suggests boiling juices that may not be pasteurized, or avoid them altogether.
- Consumers can find pasteurized bottled juice in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores or convenient stores.
- When preparing fresh, unpasteurized juice at home, harmful bacteria on the outside of the produce may spread to the inside, even if it has been washed thoroughly.
- People most at risk for contracting food borne illnesses like the elderly, infants and small children, pregnant women or those with weakened immune systems should be especially cautious.
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