The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is advising consumers not to drink cider produced by Bowens Mills in Middleville, MI, due to food safety concerns.
Bowens Mills was found operating an unlicensed cider processing facility and selling the cider in violation of the Michigan Food Law, P.A. 92 of 2000, as amended. Observations made by MDARD inspectors onsite at Bowens Mills have led to concerns about the safety of the cider. During the investigation, MDARD staff issued a cease and desist order to ensure no additional product leaves the premises.
Licensing and inspection of cider mills and other food establishments helps assure food safety by identifying potential risks in the handling, processing, bottling, and labeling of food products and ensuring the food establishment takes steps to reduce or eliminate these risks.
All cider products produced by Bowens Mills are covered by this advisory including Apple Cider packaged in one-gallon or half-gallon plastic jugs, under the name “Bowens Mills Fresh Apple Cider” , either labeled as "Pasteurized" or with the warning “Not Pasteurized.”
The advisory says consumers should discard this product and that if you think you or a family member may have become ill from consuming the cider, seek immediate medical attention.