Pat's Exotic Beverages recalls juices it couldn't pasteurize

New York City's Pat's Exotic Beverages Inc. recalled all packages of four of its juices because they were not pasteurized and could contain food-borne pathogens such as listeria and salmonella, according to a state agriculture department official.

Phil Giltner, special assistant to the state agriculture commissioner, told Consumer Ally the Bronx, N.Y.-based company had no pasteurization process -- heating the beverages to kill bacteria -- in place for the juices, meaning they could be contaminated with pathogens and viruses that could cause vomiting, abdominal cramps, nausea, diarrhea, fever and other illnesses.

Included in the recall are all packages of Carrot Juice, Carrot Beet, Carrot Lime and Cucumber beverages, according to a state announcement posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website. So far, no one has reported getting sick from drinking the beverages.

The state advises consumers who bought the drinks to either throw them out or return them to stores. Pat's Exotic Beverages are sold throughout the New York City area and online.

The company has stopped production, Giltner said. "Once they put a pasteurization process in their operations, we'll let them [produce] again."

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