Baugher's Orchard & Farm in Westminster, Md. recalled all of its apple cider because it may contain E. coli bacteria, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
State and local health departments had been investigating seven E. coli infections that could be linked to drinking the unpasteurized apple cider, the state agency said in a release through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Three of the seven people in those cases were hospitalized. Because of the ongoing investigation, Baugher's recalled its cider, sold at stores throughout Baltimore.
E. coli 0157 can cause a potentially fatal infection that may develop into kidney failure, especially in young children, the frail or those with weakened immune systems. An infection can cause bloody diarrhea, cramps and fever and can last up to 10 days, said the state.
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