Refrigerated fruit juices: quality and safety issues

Adv Food Nutr Res. 2007;52:103-39. doi: 10.1016/S1043-4526(06)52003-0.

Abstract

Fruit juices are an important source of bioactive compounds, but techniques used for their processing and subsequent storage may cause alterations in their contents so they do not provide the benefits expected by the consumer. In recent years consumers have increasingly sought so-called "fresh" products (like fresh products), stored in refrigeration. This has led the food industry to develop alternative processing technologies to produce foods with a minimum of nutritional, physicochemical, or organoleptic changes induced by the technologies themselves. Attention has also focused on evaluating the microbiological or toxicological risks that may be involved in applying these processes, and their effect on food safety, in order to obtain safe products that do not present health risks. This concept of minimal processing is currently becoming a reality with conventional technologies (mild pasteurization) and nonthermal technologies, some recently introduced (pasteurization by high hydrostatic pressure) and some perhaps with a more important role in the future (pulsed electric fields). Nevertheless, processing is not the only factor that affects the quality of these products. It is also necessary to consider the conditions for refrigerated storage and to control time and temperature.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Beverages / microbiology*
  • Beverages / standards*
  • Consumer Product Safety*
  • Food Handling / methods*
  • Food Microbiology*
  • Fruit*
  • Humans
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Quality Control