Angry Orchard issues recall because of possible re-fermentation in the bottle

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CINCINNATI, Ohio – Angry Orchard Company, LLC has announced a voluntary recall of select cases (24/12oz bottles), 12-packs and 6-packs of Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider.

The company says it received inquiries from customers who had broken or overflowing bottles when opened. A quality test shows the affected cider is limited to batches produced on June 15 and June 29, 2015.

The concern is that cider from the production runs appears to show signs of re-fermentation in the bottle. That could result in increased carbonation levels. In some instances, bottles may overflow or burst under increased pressure. However, the cider itself poses no health risk if consumed.

Angry Orchard is working with retailers to remove all impacted cider from store shelves as quickly as possible.

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.

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 (image below). 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 (image below). 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 described above.

To date, no illnesses or injuries have been reported. Consumers with questions should contact Angry Orchard via its website: or by calling 1-800-362-7110.

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