It is the second milk recall in the space of a week, as major supermarkets pulled a selection of milk products from their shelves over fears they could be contaminated with E-coli.
E-coli is a bacteria and can cause diarrhoea, urinary tract infections, respiratory illness and pneumonia, and other illnesses.
The microbial contamination is thought to affect 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 all have use by dates of July 2 and include; 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.
Food recall – (Vic/NSW). Following routine testing Lactalis Australia is recalling a range of products from Coles, Woolworths, IGA and other retailers due to E. coli contamination. No illnesses reported. Use by date 2 July. More https://t.co/u6puYZvTt8 pic.twitter.com/vCZjwC19XO
— FoodStandardsAusNZ (@FSANZnews) June 20, 2019
While Coles have 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 have been warned not to drink the milk because the contamination cannot be detected by taste, smell or sight and can make people sick if consumed. Instead, anyone who believes they have one of the affected products in their fridge has been urged not to consume the milk and should 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.
Just last week several milk products were recalled amid fears they had been contaminated with cleaning solution.