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Fruit Juice; processed

Tomake fruit juices more stable, they are often pasteurised, and extravitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) is added as a preservative. The juice thengoes to one of two places:-

- Directly to the bottling line

- Concentrated,under heat, so that much of the water is removed to make the productthick, consisting of higher solids. It's then stored cold in sanitisedstainless steel tanks waiting to be bottled at any time - or transported elsewhere in a less bulky form. It can then bereconstituted - perhaps under many brands, in another part of theworld.

The Food Standards Agency recommends that the term 'fresh' should not beused, directly or by implication, on juices prepared by dilution of concentrates.

Read the labels carefully, the term 'juice' can be used loosely; many packaged, processed 'juice drinks' or 'fruit nectars' contain artificial ingredients and sugar. See also "Orange Juice; processed"

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