October 22, 2016

FDA Orders Juice Manufacturer to Cease Operations

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered Sun Valley Juice Company of Ketchum, Idaho to stop "receiving, processing, preparing, packing, holding, and distributing juice" until the agency determines that the company is in compliance with food safety laws and regulations. The company has been sent a letter ordering it to cease operations within five days. The company has compiled. Several attempts were made to help the company comply with regulations before it was shut down. In 2006, a court-ordered agreement, called a consent decree, was signed by a federal judge. That agreement, between the FDA and Sun Valley Juice Company, stated that the company would establish and implement a hazard prevention plan. But FDA investigators have found the company has been out of compliance … [Read more...]

What Caused E. coli Contamination in High Hill Ranch Apple Juice?

Unpasteurized apple juice sold at High Hill Ranch in Camino, California has sickened at least seven people with E. coli infections, according to the El Dorado County Environmental Management and Public Health division. All of the patients live in Sacramento County and all consumed the product from the ranch in mid October this year. One person has been hospitalized and is expected to recover. The juice was consumed at home or at High Hill Ranch. Officials are warning consumers to not drink any unpasteurized apple juice purchased from the ranch on or after October 6, 2015. Unpasteurized apple juice, just like unpasteurized milk, has caused E. coli outbreaks in the past. An outbreak in Michigan in 2012 linked to unpasteurized juice sickened people. And an outbreak in Canada last year … [Read more...]

E. coli in High Hill Ranch Unpasteurized Apple Juice Sickens 7

E. coli in unpasteurized apple juice from High Hill Ranch in Camino, California has sickened seven people, hospitalizing one of them, according to the County of El Dorado. Consumers should not drink any unpasteurized apple juice purchased from the ranch on or after October 6, 2015. Consumers who have this juice at home should discard it in a sealed container. Health officials are trying to determine how the juice became contaminated. High Hill Ranch has suspended sales of the juice while it awaits results of tests. E. coli bacteria live in the intestines of animals and are shed in their feces. They are transmitted via the fecal-oral route, meaning people ingest food or drinks that are contaminated with microscopic amounts of fecal matter. Symptoms of E. coli food poisoning include … [Read more...]

Cryptosporidium Outbreak in Iowa Linked to Unpasteurized Apple Cider

According to the Johnson County Public Health department in Iowa, an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis, a disease caused by the parasite Cryptosporidium, is linked to unpasteurized apple cider. All of the eleven ill persons are recovering. One person was hospitalized. This illness outbreak is the latest in Iowa this year; more than 1,200 people have been sickened with cryptosporidiosis this year in that state. Unpasteurized apple cider, like unpasteurized milk and cheese, is a health risk. Doug Beardsley, Johnson County Public Health Director, said in a statement, "You can't tell if cider is contaminated just by looking at it. In fact, there is no difference in taste or smell either. The key to preventing illness associated with apple cider is purchasing product that has been pasteurized, … [Read more...]

High Hydrostatic Pressure Can Make Low-Acid Juices Safer

A new study published in the International Journal of Food Science & Technology has found that high hydrostatic pressure (HHP) can make unpasteurized fruit and vegetable juices safer. Juice with a low acidity level, or pH greater than 4.6, is an ideal medium for pathogenic bacteria, especially since it's so high in water. In fact, there was an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli in Michigan earlier this month linked to unpasteurized, unlabeled apple juice. Since consumers want minimally processed, nutrient dense foods made without additives or preservatives, manufacturers have been trying to find ways to make foods safe. High hydrostatic pressure may be an alternative to pasteurization. That process also preserves the nutritional value, flavor, texture, and color of the … [Read more...]

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