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Editor’s note: This column was originally posted by the Michigan State University Extension Service. Fall is here. Leaves are changing colors, the air is getting cooler and the last of the produce season is upon us. One fall produce item we can’t seem to get enough of is apples. In addition to being nutritious on their… Continue Reading

FDA warnings: Foreign seafood, Kansas cider, Minnesota dairy

Warning letters recently made public by the Food and Drug Administration addressed food safety violations at seafood processing operations in Portugal and Peru, dirty equipment and insects at a cider production facility in Kansas and improper use of antibiotics by a dairy in Minnesota. Recipients of FDA warning letters have 15 days to respond to the… Continue Reading

7 sick with E. coli; cider mill’s products, facility test negative

Kansas officials are investigating an E. coli outbreak among people who attended an annual festival at Louisburg Cider Mill, with the cause proving elusive after initial tests did not find the pathogen in the production area, finished cider or whole apples. Seven people have been laboratory-confirmed with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7, according… Continue Reading

Don’t let your goblins gobble down pathogens this Halloween

Two of the most popular ingredients for Halloween celebrations can cause nightmarish results in the form of gastric distress that can haunt partiers for days or longer. Apple cider has long been a beverage of choice for Halloween and other autumn gatherings, but if it’s not been pasteurized it can contain Cryptosporidium, Salmonella, E. coli… Continue Reading

Update: 70 Illnesses in Illinois Possibly Linked to Apple Cider

Update: As of Nov. 6 , 70 people who attended the Pike County Color Drive on Oct. 17-18. and drank apple cider have become ill. Victims range in age from less than one year to 89 years old. Laboratory results are currently pending, per samples submitted to both the IDPH lab in Illinois and the CDC lab,… Continue Reading

MI Agriculture Officials Warn Public About E. Coli Risk From Apple Cider

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has issued a consumer advisory for Uncle John’s Old Fashioned Apple Cider produced by Uncle John’s Cider Mill located in St. Johns, MI, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria (STEC). No illnesses have been reported to date. However, consumers… Continue Reading

FDA: Be Careful of Unpasteurized Apple Cider This Fall

It’s PSL season again. For the uninitiated, this means that Starbucks is again selling its beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL), and you can barely look at Pinterest and food blogs without seeing recipes for various pumpkin-flavored treats. This time of year is also sometimes referred to as fall or autumn. But apple cider also pops… Continue Reading

Unpasteurized Apple Cider Linked to E. Coli Illnesses Recalled in Canada

Unpasteurized apple ciders are being recalled in Canada due to possible to E. coli O157:H7 contamination. There have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of products sold by Rolling Acres Cider Mill at the St. Jacobs Farmers Market in Waterloo on Oct. 11, 2014 and from the company’s own location in Waterloo between Oct. 10 and 11, 2014…. Continue Reading