Angry Orchard recalls exploding bottles of cider

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider. (Courtesy FDA)

CINCINNATI, OHIO (WOOD) — Angry Orchard Cider Company is voluntarily recalling select cases of their Crisp Apple Hard Cider for re-fermentation which can cause bottles to explode.

After receiving complaints from consumers for broken bottles or bottles overflowing when opened, Angry Orchard began conducting tests which showed signs of re-fermentation in two batches, produced on June 15 and June 29, 2015.

Re-fermentation can result in increased carbonation levels and in some instances bottles may overflow when opened or burst under increased pressure. No illnesses or injuries have been reported so far.

The impacted cases of the cider were shipped to certain 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.

Angry Orchard is working to remove all impacted cases of cider from store shelves and other retail locations as quickly as possible.

To determine whether a bottle of Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider has been impacted:

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

Consumers with questions should contact Angry Orchard via its website: http://angryorchard.com/contact-us or by calling 1-800-362-7110.

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