Coles milk recalled over chemical contamination fears

Sep 08, 2019
Coles has recalled a certain milk product from the shelves over chemical contamination fears. Source: Getty

Major supermarket chain Coles has announced an urgent recall of one of its milk products over fears it could be contaminated with chemicals.

The 2-litre full cream milk has been pulled from shelves in parts of the country with the supermarket warning the affected product could appear yellow in colour and have a metallic and chemical taste. The product in question was only available in Western Australia at Coles Express Stores with Coles assuring customers milk bought in other stores is not affected.

Food Standards Australia released the news at the weekend explaining in an urgent message: “Coles Supermarket is conducting a recall of Coles Brand Fresh Full Cream 2L Milk. The product has been available for sale in Coles Express Stores in Western Australia.”

The possible contaminated milk has the use by date of September 13, 2019 with customers urged not to drink the product. “Customers must not consume this product and anyone concerned about their health should seek medical advice,” Food Standards Australia added.

Meanwhile, Coles explained customers who purchased the product can return the product to stores immediately to receive a refund. “Customers can return the product or proof of purchase to any Coles Supermarket or Coles Express for a full refund,” the supermarket confirmed. “We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience.”

The recall comes months after a number of supermarkets including Coles were forced to pull milk from their shelves over fears they could be contaminated with E-coli. While other milk was recalled prior to that due to chemical contamination fears.

Back in June the microbial contamination was thought to have affected several products made by Lactalis Australia Pty Ltd, with the potentially contaminated bottles having been sold at Coles, Woolworths, IGA and other retailers across Victoria and in some locations in southern NSW, including the Murray, Riverina and Western Districts.

The affected products had the use by dates of July 2 and included; 7-Eleven Lite Milk 2L Bottle, Gippy Full Cream and Gippy Lite Milk 2L Bottle, Maxi Foods Lite Milk 2L Bottle, Pauls Professional Cafe Crema Milk 2L Bottle and Pauls Smarter White 2% Fat Milk 2L Bottle. As well as Rev Low Fat Milk 2L Bottle and Rev Low Fat Milk 1L Carton.

While Coles also recalled their own brand Coles Fresh Full Cream Milk 2 Litres, warning any customers who purchased the product at any Coles Express store in Victoria or in the southern NSW areas of Deniliquin North, Tocumwal, Albury and Albury North. Consumers were warned not to drink the milk because the contamination could not be detected by taste, smell or sight and can make people sick if consumed.

Instead, anyone who believed they had one of the affected products in their fridge was urged not to consume the milk and advised to return the item with proof of purchase to receive a full refund. “Customers must not consume this product and any customers concerned about their health should seek medical advice,” NSW Food Authority said in a statement at the time.

It was the second time in a matter of weeks that milk was recalled with multiple products taken off the shelves amid fears they could contain cleaning solution. Lactalis Australia recalled the contaminated milk products, which had been available for sale at Coles, Woolworths, IGA and independent stores in Victoria and parts of southern NSW.

Anyone who purchased the affected products was urged to stop using it immediately and to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Lactalis Australia said anyone worried about their health should seek medical advice.

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