For Immediate Release
October 11, 2001
Dr. David McKeown
Medical Officer of Health
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 2215
Take Precautions When Consuming Unpasteurized Juices
(Brampton) - Fall brings a variety of nutritious fruits and vegetables that we all can enjoy. While savouring the flavours of the harvest, one should be aware of unpasteurized juices or ciders, which can become contaminated with harmful bacteria during their manufacture.
"Fruit juices are extremely beneficial to our health, but it is important to take precautions when consuming unpasteurized fruit juices to reduce the risk of becoming ill," said Dr. David McKeown, Region of Peel's Medical Officer of Health.
The following are tips to reducing your risk of becoming ill from drinking unpasteurized juice:
See a doctor immediately at the first sign of illness from food contamination (stomach cramps, vomiting, fever, diarrhea). These symptoms can occur within two to 10 days of consuming contaminated food.
- Boil unpasteurized juice or cider before consuming it if you want to take extra precautions.
- Avoid serving unpasteurized products to those most at risk (young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems).
- Don't rely on freezing or refrigeration to make unpasteurized juices or ciders safe.
- Do ensure freshness and quality by refrigerating these products and respecting the best before dates.
For more information on how to reduce your risk of illness from drinking unpasteurized fruit juices, call Health Line Peel at 905-799-7700.
Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595 , e-mail
Web site: http://www.region.peel.on.ca
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