Play it safe with fresh juice
ready availability of fresh-squeezed juices nowadays is a welcome change from the days when "juice" meant either canned grape juice or acrid orange juice mixed up from frozen concentrate. But some fresh-squeezed juices can contain bacteria that are especially harmful to children, the elderly, or those with impaired immune systems. You should always read the labels closely on bottled fresh-squeezed juices. Check that the juice has been pasteurized, or otherwise treated to eliminate bacteria. The Food and Drug Administration actually requires unpasteurized juice to have a warning label. This labeling requirement has been in place for almost ten years, but according to the FDA, few people realize that there could be health issues related to unpasteurized juices. New pasteurization techniques are not only safe, they preserve the delicious taste of fresh-squeezed juices.