Though the cider is safe to drink, it appears to be refermenting in the bottles, resulting in a pressure buildup that causes the bottles to burst or overflow upon opening.
The cider being recalled is limited to two batches, produced on June 15 and June 29, 2015. The affected batches of cider were sent to wholesalers in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
In a press release, Angry Orchard stated that, "For a case or 12-pack: look for the 'Freshness Matters' code printed on the top or side panel of the case or 12-pack. If that code begins with 'June 2016 1665C' and is immediately followed by 4 digits between the range of 0001 through 0700 OR 'June 2016 1805C' and is immediately followed by 4 digits between 0001 through 0545, those bottles may have been impacted."
You can check individual bottles too: "For an individual bottle (please use extreme care): locate the inkjet code printed directly on the glass, on the 'shoulder' of the bottle just below the neck label. If that code falls within the ranges of C16650001 through C16650530 OR C18050001 through C18050415, that cider may have been impacted."
Angry Orchard further advises that, "If a bottle of the Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider falls within the designated code ranges, consumers should handle with extreme care and dispose of the product immediately in an outside container. The Company will issue a full refund on the products described above. Consumers with questions should contact Angry Orchard via its website or by calling 1-800-362-7110."
Images: Angry Orchard Cider Company, LLC
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