Even the juice companies admit it. Consumers don't want to drink fresh orange juice that's been heated, chilled and stored for years. But, as we revealed on Monday, they're all putting aseptic juice in their product. Coca Cola's Crusta and GV premium juices use it. National Food's Daily Juice and Australian Fresh. Others use it too but how would you know - it's not labelled.Today Tonight has received a deluge of complaints. This morning, lobbyists spun into action.
Kate Carnell is a former politician turned hired gun for the sellers of aseptic juice."This juice is identical, I suppose, to the juice that is squeezed today."No it's not Kate. The juice that is squeezed today is fresh. Aseptic is old and inferior."Once you heat any orange juice, you are removing a lot of the fresh tasting components of that juice" says George.
George Polymiadis is a food technologist, microbiologist and juice maker. He says aseptic juice is damaged juice. "The vitamin C level is reduced by 50%." But, the industry tells us aseptic processing is good for us. "They heat it very quickly to maintain the nutrients. So they don't add anything to it, no preservatives, no additives, no anything.
So it is in its natural state" says Kate.
Really? That's not what we were told on Monday by the man who used to blend aseptic juice into Australian Fresh and Daily Juice. "Sometimes you put a colour in. We also add a little highlighter to it, to give it more flavour" said the whistleblower. A copy of a flavour label which was allegedly attached to a container addressed to Crusta, owned by Coca Cola was sent to us. The person who sent us this information says she gets sick when she drinks this juice.