THE HEART OF THE MATTER
a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA) 

Week: 556.2 Topic: FDA/CDC looking into E.Coli conditions in fruit juice Producer/Host: Steve Girard

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NEMA: E. coli has struck again...the deadly food borne pathogen has killed 13 Britons...all elderly....and more than 300 people have become ill in Britain over the last several weeks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may decide the best way to handle the presence of E. coli in apple juice is a pasteurization mandate.....but many regional juice companies, believe E. coli is a rarity in juices of any type, and they should not be required to pasteurize. We talked with the FDA's Monica Revell, who said they are still gathering input on the issue...USA today reported the Centers for Disease Control is pushing for stronger industry practices and regulations to track distribution, and label apple juice that is not pasteurized. From the files FDA: Juice made with apples taken off the ground poses a higher risk of E. coli...as does the unpasteurized juice on your grocer's refrigerated shelves. They advise boiling the juice to get rid of potential contaminants, then refrigerate again.

I'm Steve Girard for The Heart of the Matter.