Local cider recalled due to health risk

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Health officials say apple cider sold at Mountain Man Market in Cana could be contaminated with bacteria

Staff Report

CANA – A market in Cana has issued a recall on recent batches of apple cider due to health risks.

A news release on Wednesday, issued by Elaine Lidholm, director of communications for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, states that Mountain Man Market is recalling its half-gallon containers of cider after reporting a potential contamination with shiga-toxin, producing Escherichia coli (E-coli).

Shiga-toxin E. coli bacteria causes a diarrheal illness, often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), according to health officials. HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly; and the condition can reportedly lead to serious kidney damage and even death.

The recalled cider was distributed locally at the Mountain Man Market on and before Nov. 10. The product comes in a clear half-gallon container, labeled as Mountain Man Apple Cider.

The warning states that “this product has not been pasteurized and therefore may contain harmful bacteria that can cause serious illness in children the elderly and person with weaken immune systems.”

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Division of Consolidated Laboratories (DCLS) detected the presence of shiga-toxin producing E. coli.

The state and Mountain Man Market will continue their investigation as to the cause of the problem though the seasonal production of the apple cider has ended for this year, the news release said.

There is concern that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.

Consumers who have purchased half-gallon containers of Mountain Man Apple Cider are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at (276) 755-3871.