Published on the Packaging World Web site
| September 30, 1997
FDA wants fresh juice warning labels
Continuing its campaign to upgrade food safety in the wake of well-publicized incidences of foodborne illnesses, the Food and Drug Administration has asked juice manufacturers to voluntarily put warning labels on unpasteurized fruit and vegetable juices until formal labeling rules can be developed.
Only about two percent of juices sold are unpasteurized. The warning label would state that such juices "may contain pathogens known to cause serious to life-threatening illnesses" and note that the juice has not been treated to destroy these pathogens. The label will state that the risk is greatest to children the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. FDA's Deputy Commissioner for Policy William Schultz said the agency would issue a proposal later this year to require a HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) safety program for juice packers and probably a rule requiring a warning label at least until the HACCP program is implemented.
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