Keeping Cider Wholesome

The Michigan Cider Makers' Guild was formed after incidences of contaminated cider were reported in other states in the mid to late 1990ís. Though there have never been any illnesses attributed to Michigan cider, industry members then, and now, work toward assuring no problems.

The Guild organized to deal with the safety issue preemptively. It works in consultation with inspectors with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and food-safety experts at Michigan State University and FDA officials. The spirit is cooperative, not adversarial, between the private operators and government regulators. "We all work together to assure wholesome, great tasting cider," states Guild vice president Jim Koan of Almar Orchards near Flushing. "We all work together toward that goal."


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