Does the federal government require that orange juice sold in stores be pasteurized?

Most packaged juices and juice drinks have gone through pasteurization (heat treatment), or they have been processed in other ways to destroy spoilage-causing bacteria and enzymes.  The rules of interstate commerce demand that fresh juice and juice products that have not been pasteurized show this notice on the package:  “WARNING:  This product has not been pasteurized and, therefore, may contain harmful bacteria that may cause serious illness in children, the elderly, and persons of weakened immune systems.”   The frozen concentrated juice in cans is generally pasteurized during the concentration process.  Excluded from the pasteurization rule are producers located near the groves from which they purchase their oranges (unless their state law requires it), juice bars, and restaurants that sell freshly squeezed juice in glasses to drink right away.
Complete Food and Nutrition Guide by Roberta Lawson Duyff, 2006.
Tropicana® Customer Service.  Phone:  1-800-237-7799
USDA, Food and Rural Economics Div., Economic Research Service

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