Processing over labeling for juices

The Food and Drug Administration is requiring makers of fruit or vegetable juices to either pasteurize their products or take other germ-killing steps. In addition, they must have a system in place to prove the juice is safe, and some must conduct pre-shipment testing.

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The agency decided to require the additional safety steps rather than warning labels on the products. The overwhelming majority of fruit and vegetable juices are pasteurized and labeled as such.

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