Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 14, 2012

Unpasteurized apple cider cause of E. coli worries in Michigan

ELLSWORTH, Mich. — Health Department officials in northern Michigan have issued a warning against drinking unpasteurized apple cider until tests determine the cause of an outbreak of E. coli poisoning.

Three Antrim County residents sought hospital care for severe abdominal pain and diarrhea after they apparently drank tainted apple cider, said Dan Reynolds, administrative services manager for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. Tests results should available in a week or two.

Health officials obtained a search warrant to inspect a nearby farm. Results indicated it fell short of meeting federal health and safety standards.

“It’s not illegal to sell unpasteurized cider, but you have to adhere to federal regulations and include labeling,” Reynolds said.

Hospitals and health-care clinics were notified of a possible E. coli link to unpasteurized apple cider.

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Details for this story were provided by The Record-Eagle in Traverse City, Mich.

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