Consumers Urged Not To Drink Bowens Mills Apple Cider

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is advising Michiganders not to drink cider made by Bowens Mills in Middleville, MI, due to food safety concerns.

According to MDARD, 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.Apple Cider 1

MDARD states that observations made by inspectors onsite at the firm have led to concerns about the safety of the cider, and during an investigation, MDARD staff issued a cease and desist order to make sure no additional products leave the premises.

MDARD says licensing and inspection of cider mills and other food establishments help assure food safety by identifying potential risks in the handling, processing, bottling and labeling of products and ensuring that food establishments take steps to reduce or eliminate those risks.

All cider products made by Bowens Mills are covered by the advisory, and includes:

  • Apple cider packaged in one-gallon plastic jugs, under the label, “Bowens Mills Fresh Apple Cider.” The label also states, “Warning: Not Pasteurized.”
  • Apple cider packaged in one-gallon plastic jugs, under the label, “Bowens Mills Fresh Apple Cider,” labeled as pasteurized.
  • Apple cider packaged in half-gallon plastic jugs, under the label, “Bowens Mills Fresh Apple Cider,” labeled as pasteurized.

MDARD states that consumers should discard these products, and if anyone thinks they or members of their family may have gotten sick from consuming any of the above products, seek medical attention.