Foodborne Illness

A resource for foodborne illness.

What is pasteurization? Once something has been pasteurized, can I eat it uncooked?

Pasteurization is a heat treatment applied to dairy products and juice in order to kill potentially dangerous pathogens. A product’s label will tell you whether or not the product has been pasteurized. Pasteurization greatly reduces the risk of contamination, however, there is always a chance that a product will be contaminated after the pasteurization process.

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