Des Moines, Iowa – RadioIowa – For many Iowa families, sipping locally-made apple cider is a familiar fall tradition but if you buy the jug from a farmer down the road or at a farmer’s market, be sure to check the label. Dr. Patty Quinlisk, medical director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, says that mug of tasty, brown cider could hold something potentially dangerous.
She says apple cider that’s unpasteurized can contain salmonella, E. coli or something called cryptosporidiosis. Pasteurization can be vital for certain people.
You can’t tell if cider is contaminated just by looking at it, she says, and there’s no difference in smell or taste. Quinlisk says the key is buying cider that’s labeled as pasteurized.
Symptoms of food-borne illness may include: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, stomach cramps, loss of appetite, fatigue and fever. If you suspect you may have a food-borne illness, call the IowaSic hotline at 1-844-469-2742. To learn more, click here.