HOW DO I KEEP MY JUICE PRODUCTS SAFE?
The microorganisms that cause fruit degradation occur naturally and are present in every juice processing operation. Some juice products are pasteurized to kill these organisms and help prevent spoilage. However, the heat used may adversely affect the flavor and overall quality of other juices. Also, not all spoilage organisms are killed by the pasteurization process, so additional methods need to be considered for removing spoilage organisms from juice products.
There are many sources of spoilage microorganisms. The raw juice often carries environmental bacteria, the most common of which are those that cause the fruit to decay in nature. Other bacteria could be carried by sweeteners, flavor enhancers and even by water used as an ingredient or for container washing.