The Minnesota Department of Ag has advised consumers to avoid drinking Pepin Heights Orchard Honeycrisp-brand apple cider. Certain bottles, distributed in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin could contain elevated levels of a mycotoxin called patulin. This mycotoxin is a byproduct of molds that can grow in fruits, and is not eliminated by the pasteurization process.
The affected product was sold in 64 ounce plastic jugs and has a use-by date of February 9, 2012.
No other batch of this cider or any other product by this producer has been affected.