Unpasteurized apple cider sickens 11 in Johnson County

In 1923, 24 people were sickened with Salmonella in unpasteurized apple cider.

In 1993, 213 people were sickened with Cryptosporidium from unpasteurized cider in Maine.

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But in the face of fawning N.Y.Times articles that promote food porn powell.kids_.ge_.sweet_.corn_.cider_.00-300x227over safety with cider, it’s expected that outbreaks will continue.

Apple cider – not the hard stuff but the northern version of pressed apples into juice — is suspected as the cause of a food-poisoning outbreak in eastern Iowa.

The Johnson County Public Health Department said Friday that it is investigating a cluster of cryptosporidium infections.

Doug Beardsley, the county’s public health director, said 11 people became ill, including one who had to be hospitalized. All reported drinking unpasteurized apple cider, he said, though it’s not clear if the cider came from a single source.

Beardsley said no new illnesses are cropping up. He said that even if authorities determine who made or sold the cider, his department wouldn’t necessarily identify the business publicly. That decision would be up to the state health department, he said. The state agency often has declined to identify businesses in such cases if outbreaks are no longer spreading.

Cryptosporidium infections have been widespread in Iowa this year, with more than 1,200 confirmed cases. Many of the infections stemmed from contaminated swimming pools over the summer, though authorities have noted that the parasite can also come from contaminated food and from contact, especially in child-care settings. The state health department said only Johnson County has recently reported cases related to apple cider.