We now know what caused a batch of apple cider to be tainted at this year’s Pike County Fall Color Drive.
According KHQA-TV in Quincy, the cause of the Cryptosporidiousis in the cider, was due to cow manure contamination, according to a test done by the Centers for Disease Control. The tests were done on environmental and human specimens.
The unpasteurized apple cider was made on a private family farm in Adams County specifically for family consumption and sale at the Pike County Fall Color Drive, which took place October 17th to the 18th. The cider was not produced at a licensed cider manufacturer or orchard.
Cattle were on the farm near the site of the apple cider press. The presence of cattle near a cider press can result in manure contamination. Consuming unpasteurized apple cider from facilities or individual entities puts individuals at risk of infection.
Pasteurization kills the pathogens that can be present in cider. This locally made cider is no longer available for purchase and does not pose a continued health risk. If you had purchased cider during this time frame for future consumption, you should discard it.