Continued outbreaks attributed to by pathogen-contaminated fresh juices has caused the regulatory agencies to rethink their position on how industry should implement a 5-log reduction.

New Intervention Processes for Minimally Processed JuicesPreviously, the Food and Drug Administration had suggested that the cumulative reduction delivered by external processes could be sufficient for industry to demonstrate a safe process for intact, sound fruit. Juices not receiving a 5-log reduction would be required to have a warning statement. 

New evidence question…

Fig. 4—Pilot-scale batch high-pressure processing (HPP) system

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V.M. Balasubramaniam, PhD, is professor of food engineering, Center for Clean Food Process Development, Department of Food Science and Technology and the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, The Ohio State Univ. ([email protected]).