Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

December 08, 2006 20:49 ET

CFIA: Health Hazard Alert-Pasteurized Geissberger Cider Mill Brand Apple Cider Products May be Contaminated With Lead

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 8, 2006) - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Geissberger Cider Mill are warning the public not to consume the pasteurized Geissberger Cider Mill brand apple cider products described below because these products may be contaminated with lead.

All unpasteurized Geissberger Cider Mill brand cider products are not affected.

The following pasteurized Geissberger Cider Mill brand apple cider products are affected by this alert.



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Product Name Size Lot Code
Sweet Apple Cider 2 L # B28
Pasteurized 4 L
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Sparkling Sweet Apple Cider 375 ml # B28
Pasteurized 750 ml # B21
# C11
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The affected products were sold at various craft shows and farm gate sales in Ontario during the month of November 2006.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Continued exposure to high levels of lead can cause damage to the central nervous system, kidneys, and blood. Children are particularly at risk.

The producer, Geissberger Cider Mill, located in Hampton, Ontario, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For information on receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at www.inspection.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Media enquiries: Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Office of Food Safety and Recall
    Davendra Sharma (English)
    613-755-2890
    or
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Office of Food Safety and Recall
    Marie-Andree Lefebvre (French)
    613-760-4044
    Website: http://www.cfia-acia.agr.ca