Two Simple Steps to Juice Safety
Serious outbreaks of foodborne illness have been traced to drinking fruit and vegetable juice and cider that was not treated to kill harmful bacteria.
When purchasing juice, take these two simple steps to protect you and your family:
- Always read the label to make sure that juice has been pasteurized or treated.
- When in doubt, ask! Always ask if you're unsure whether a juice product has been treated, especially for juices sold in refrigerated cases of grocery or health food stores, cider mills, or farm markets. Also, don't hesitate to ask if the labeling is unclear or if the juice or cider is sold by the glass.
How About Fresh-Squeezed Juice?
When fruits and vegetables are fresh-squeezed, bacteria from the produce can end up in your juice or cider. Unless the produce or the juice has been treated to destroy any harmful bacteria, the juice could be contaminated.
Talking About Juice Safety: What You Need to Know (FDA)
Consuming untreated juices can pose health risks to your family.