December 19, 2003

Cider recall

from the Seattle Times

A California company is recalling about 40,000 bottles of its Hansen's Classic Sparkling Cider, because the glass bottles may shatter.

Some of the cider may be contaminated with yeast that causes pressure to build up inside the bottles, or they may be defects to the glass itself, said Hansen Beverage Co. Yeast itself won't pose a health risk, but bottles containing it would likely smell rancid, Hansen said.

Two cases of minor cuts have been reported from broken glass, and Hansen says it knows of additional breakage that didn't result in injury.

Recalled are 50.7-ounce Magnum green bottles of Hansen's Classic Sparkling Cider, with a gold foil wrap over the cap and bearing a bar code of 70847 00590. The bottles were sold nationwide beginning in November.

Hansen advised consumers not to attempt to open the recalled bottles, limit handling them and carefully dispose of unopened bottles in outside trash rather than inside homes. Refunds can be requested from Hansen's by calling 1-800-426-7637 ext. 496 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST Monday through Friday

Good of them to let us know… Improper pasteurization most likely - this is a sweet cider product so the residual sugar combined with the wild yeasts found on the skins of the apples themselves. Hmmm… This means that there was fermentation going on…

Posted by DaveH at December 19, 2003 04:16 PM