Angry Orchard Recalling Batches of Cider Due to Risk of Bottles Bursting

FDA.gov (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm457398.htm)(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced a recall of select cases of Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider due to concern that the bottles could burst under increased pressure.

According to the FDA, the recall was prompted by a series of inquiries from consumers who had experienced overflowing or broken bottles when opening the beverages. Angry Orchard conducted follow-up testing and found that the issues were limited to a pair of batches.

Those batches, produced on June 15 and June 29 of this year, show signs of re-fermentation within the bottle, resulting in increased levels of carbonation. When this happens, the company says, bottles could overflow when opened or burst from increased pressure.

The FDA notes that the impacted cider poses no health risk if consumed, but said the company will recall the batches anyway to “ensure that products available to consumers meet their high quality standards.”

The impacted batches can be found by looking at the “Freshness Matters” code printed on the top or side panel of the case or 12-pack. Any code beginning with “June 2016 1665C” and followed by four digits between 0001 and 0700, or beginning with “June 2016 1805C” and followed by numbers between 0001 and 0545 may be subject to recall.

Consumers can also check individual bottles for an inkjet code between C16650001 and C16650530 or between C18050001 and C18050415 on the shoulder of the bottle.

The company has said it will issue a full refund on any recalled product. There have not been any reports of illness or injury caused by the impacted cider.

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