Waterloo public health issues boil cider advisory

Health authorities in Waterloo Region are warning consumers to boil unpasteurized apple cider before drinking it in order to eliminate any potential pathenogenic bacteria that could put consumers' health at risk.

Drinking unpasteurized cider can be risky, particularly to seniors, children and pregnant women

The Waterloo Region Public Health unit has issued an advisory on apple cider. The health agency says drinking unpasteurized apple cider, often purchased at farmers markets, can be risky. It counsels consumer to boil unpasteurized cider prior to drinking. (

Waterloo Region Public Health has issued a warning to consumers, telling them to boil unpasteurized apple cider for at least one minute before drinking it.

Chris Komorowski, manager of food safety for Waterloo Region Public Health, said unpasteurized apple cider is often purchased at local farmer markets during the fall.

He noted children, seniors and pregnant women are at particular risk. 

"There could be pathogenic bacteria in the apple cider because it hasn't been pasteurized and treated for that," he said.  

Komorowski said if you are purchasing unpasteurized cider to bring it to a rapid boil for one minute before drinking. 


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