Survival of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in apple cider containing no preservatives, 0.025% dimethyl dicarbonate (DMDC), 0.045% sodium benzoate (SB), 0.0046% sodium bisulfite (NaS; 65.5% sulfur dioxide), or a combination of NaS and SB (NaS/SB) and stored at 4, 10, and 25°C was evaluated. E. coli O157:H7 survived for up to 18 days at 4,10, and 25°C in unpreserved apple cider. At 4 and 10°C, DMDC was most efficient at inactivating E. coli O157:H7, generally followed by NaS/SB SB, and NaS (p<0.05). E coli O157:H7 was more resistant to preservatives at 4°C than at 25°C (P < 0.05). E. coli O157:H7 was sublethally injured in cider containing preservatives, and to a lesser extent, in unpreserved cider. Generally, injury was more pronounced in cider containing DMDC, followed by NaS/SB, SB, and NaS (p<0.05).