October 1996 Issue

Fall Favorite May Not Always Be Safe

Nothing beats a glass of crisp, chilled cider straight from the apple orchard -unless, of course, that cider harbors an unwanted organism like E. coli 0157. That's the deadly strain of bacteria that has felled consumers who ate contaminated hamburgers and has stricken cider drinkers as well (with fever, vomiting and bloody diarrhea, which if not treated quickly can kill). Contaminated cider comes from contaminated apples. Cider is usually made from "drops," apples

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