In response to a final rule on fruit and vegetable juice safety, issued today by the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Allen Matthys, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for the National Food Processors Association (NFPA), made the following comments: "FDA's long-awaited final rule clearly underscores the importance of pasteurization as a food safety tool to ensure the safety of fruit and vegetable juices. Under this rule, processors are required to achieve a 100,000-fold reduction in the numbers of the most resistant pathogens in their finished products compared to levels that may be present in unprocessed juice.  Clearly, this will require pasteurization or an equivalent treatment.