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      State officials remind cider producers to get license

      <p>State officials are reminding apple cider producers in Michigan they're required to get a license before selling their product.</p>

      State officials are reminding apple cider producers in Michigan they're required to get a license before selling their product.

      The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says it's gotten several reports of unlicensed apple cider facilities.

      Food and Dairy Division Director Kevin Besey says improperly pasteurized cider has been blamed for bacterial infections that can cause severe illness and even death.

      Experts have developed practices for producing high-quality and safe cider. State law also requires every Michigan cider mill to have a certified food safety specialist on staff.

      Those who violate the law can have their operations shut down and their product seized. They can also be fined and prosecuted.