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A Decade History of E. coli Outbreaks Linked to Unpasteurized Apple Juice

459643543_XSHigh Hill Ranch unpasteurized apple juice has been linked to an E. coli outbreak in the Sacramento California area.  It is hard to understand why – after a number of prior outbreaks – that unpasteurized juice is still being sold.

FDA, State and Local regulations generally say that apple cider can only be sold as unpasteurized if the same farm that grew the apples is pressing the cider and selling it directly to consumers. Larger producers that get apples from multiple farms must heat pasteurize the cider produced or use other accepted methods to reduce microbial contaminants. Unpasteurized juice should have the following warning:

“WARNING: This product has not been pasteurized and, therefore, may contain harmful bacteria that can cause serious illness in children, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems.”

Mitchell Hill Farm Unpasteurized Apple Cider and E. coli O157, November 2012

In November 2012 Michigan public health officials investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 linked to consumption of unpasteurized apple cider produced by Mitchell Hill Farm in Ellsworth, Michigan. Four individuals were hospitalized, including two…Read More »

Baugher’s Orchard and Farm Unpasteurized Apple Cider 2010

An outbreak linked to drinking Baugher’s Orchard and Farm apple cider and E. coli O157:H7 was announced by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on November 5, 2012. In total 7 patients were identified. Five patients were confirmed…Read More »

Iowa Fair Apple Cider 2008

A confirmed outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was linked to drinking unpasteurized, apple cider at a fair in Iowa.…Read More »

Massachusetts Unknown Location Unpasteurized Apple Cider 2007

A confirmed outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 occurred in Massachusetts among people who drank unpasteurized, apple cider. The location of exposure was not described.…Read More »

Oklahoma Unpasteurized Apple Cider 1999

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 occurred in northeast Oklahoma in the fall of 1999. Illness was associated with drinking a specific brand of unpasteurized apple cider. Cultures of the cider and the production site were all negative for E. coli O157:…Read More »

Connecticut Unpasteurized Apple Cider 1996

The Connecticut Department of Public Health was notified about four laboratory confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection in residents of New Haven County. Additional case-finding was conducted, and with this effort, a total of eight cases had the…Read More »

Odwalla Apple Juice 1996

In the fall of 2006, a cluster of E.coli O157:H7 infections in the US(California, 26 cases; Colorado, 5 cases; Washington, 29 cases) and British Columbia, Canada(10 cases), was linked to the consumption of a broadly distributed, commercially sold…Read More »

Church Event Apple Cider 1996

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was epidemiologically linked to the consumption of apple cider that had been served at a church event. The cider had been made by a small cider mill from local apples. The apples had been washed before pressing.…Read More »

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