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2012 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Mitchell Hill Farm Unpasteurized Apple Cider, Michigan

In November 2012 Michigan public health officials investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 linked to consumption of unpasteurized apple cider produced by Mitchell Hill Farm in Ellsworth, Michigan. Four individuals were hospitalized, including two children. In February 2014 James Ruster, owner of Mitchell Hill Farm, was sentenced to 14-48 months in prison plus fines and court costs for selling misbranded and adulterated food products.

  • Outbreak began:
  • November 2012
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Michigan
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Juice, apple, unpasteurized
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Farm
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Mitchell Hill Farm
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 4
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 4
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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