Prevent Lead Contamination in Apple Cider
Exposure to lead is known to have adverse effects on human health, especially on the nervous system. Children are particularly vulnerable.
The primary source of lead contamination in apple cider is lead-bearing equipment. Cider can react with lead-containing surfaces, allowing lead to leach into the cider. Lead-bearing equipment includes, but is not restricted to:
What You Can Do to Avoid Lead Contamination
Check and Update Your Equipment.
Use food grade materials such as stainless steel or food grade plastic, for food contact surfaces. Cider storage tanks must be constructed of stainless steel or food grade plastic or be fibreglass-lined. Repairs must use only food-grade materials.
Check your cider-making equipment for lead. Lead test kits or lead check swabs can be purchased from most maple syrup equipment suppliers and from some hardware stores.
Never use maple syrup equipment to heat treat or pasteurize apple cider unless that equipment has been verified as lead free.
Additional information on the effects of lead on human health can be found on Health Canada's website.
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