Ninety-eight percent of juice sold in the United States is pasteurized (heat-processed to kill pathogenic bacteria). The remaining 2 percent is unpasteurized and may contain harmful bacteria.
When fruits and vegetables are fresh-squeezed, harmful bacteria from the outside of the produce can become a part of the finished product. If it's ingested, children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems risk serious illness or even death.
Precautions for All Fruits, Vegetables and Juices
WARNING: This product has not been pasteurized and therefore may contain harmful bacteria that can cause serious illness in children, the elderly and persons with weakened immune systems.
Safer Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Fresh fruits and vegetables are important to the health and well-being of Americans and we enjoy one of the safest supplies of fresh produce in the world. However, although low, the proportion of foodborne illness associated with fresh fruits and vegetables has increased over the last several years. As health and nutrition experts continue to recommend we add more fruits and vegetables to a healthy daily diet, it becomes increasingly important that consumers know how to handle them properly.
At the point of purchase
When in doubt, throw it out!