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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 - ortransported elsewhere in a less bulky form. It can then bereconstituted - perhaps under many brands, in another part of theworld.

TheFood Standards Agency recommends that the term 'fresh' should not beused, directly or by implication, on juices prepared by dilution ofconcentrates.

Readthe labels carefully, the term 'juice' can be used loosely; manypackaged, processed 'juice drinks' or 'fruit nectars' containartificial ingredients and sugar. See also "Orange Juice; processed"

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