"If you still wish to have one of your containers analyzed you may contact a private laboratory."
"We appreciate your visit to our Florida's Natural Brand web site, notifying us of the issue you had with our Grower's Style Orange Juice. We have forwarded the date code information you provided to our Quality Assurance Department for investigation.We will follow up with our findings, by letter, with replacement coupons included. We appreciate your purchases of our Florida's Natural Brand products and apologize for the incident."
Thank you again for contacting us about the bulging containers of
’s Natural orange juice that may be a potential threat to the health of consumers, such as yourself. Florida
I spoke with the manufacturing facility and they advised that the containers be disposed of immediately. They may not have been held at a proper temperature somewhere between the time they were produced to the time they made it to your refrigerator. The containers never leave the facility bulging in this way. Also, there are currently no other reported illnesses or complaints related to the orange juice.
We advise you to throw away your containers and we will not need to collect them for analysis.
FDA will follow-up with Price Chopper and
as well as your local Public Health Authorities in VT. Hannaford Distribution Centers
We will also be following up with the Manufacturing facility in
If you still wish to have one of your containers analyzed you may contact a private laboratory.
Thank you for your time,
Sheila van Twuyver
Sheila van Twuyver
Consumer Complaint Coordinator
New England District Office
Food and Drug Administration U.S.
As a food safety microbiologist, I know that the most likely cause of these bulged containers is a yeast contamination. The probable source of the yeast is the filling line. What worries me – and what should worry both FDA and the manufacturer – is that these two bulging batches of orange juice were pasteurized and packed more than one month apart.