According to the FDA, although drinking fruit and vegetable juices can be very healthy, there have been reports foodborne illness outbreaks due to drinking juice that hasn’t been pasteurized. Although drinking such juices won’t cause a problem for most people, children, the elderly, or people with health problems are at a higher risk of contracting a foodborne illness.
Fortunately, the vast majority of all fruit and vegetable juices sold in grocery stores are properly treated to kill bacteria. Since 1999, if juices are not pasteurized, the manufacturers are required to label the juice as such. However, juice sold by the glass that is fresh squeezed is not required to have such a warning.
In order to protect your children, elderly, or infirm family members from the hazards of unpasteurized juice, always read the labels of all juice you purchase. If it isn’t clear from the package, ask an employee. It’s especially important to ask about juices sold in refrigerated cases of grocery stores, health food stores or farmers’ markets.
It is important to be aware of the symptoms commonly associated with foodborne illness, especially on the occasion that you or a family member drink unpasteurized liquids or eat a questionable meal. Typically, foodborne bacteria will cause illness within one to three days of consuming the food or drink, but it can also occur as soon as 20 minutes or as late as six weeks.. Some symptoms of foodborne illness include diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, fever, headaches and body aches.
Food manufacturers have a duty to make their products safe for consumers. If you have contracted a foodborne illness due to unsafe food practices or another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to legal compensation for your illness. Contact the Missouri personal injury attorneys at Page Law at 314-322-8515 to learn more.