Three more milk varieties pulled from shelves over E. coli fears

Feb 15, 2020
There have now been four separate recalls in just 48 hours. Source: Getty.

Three more varieties of milk have been recalled over fears they may be contaminated with E. coli.

On Friday evening, Lion Dairy & Drinks issued its second recall in as many days regarding two products sold at IGA stores across the state of New South Wales.

The affected products are Dairy Choice Full Cream 2 Litre and Community Co The Good Drop Full Cream 2 Litre, which both have a use by date of  February 25 2020.

“This recall is linked to the issue at the Lion Dairy & Drinks manufacturing site in Penrith which resulted in two Dairy Farmers white milk products being recalled in New South Wales on Thursday 13 February 2020,” a Lion Dairy spokesperson said in a statement.

“The recall of these specific Dairy Choice and Community Co The Good Drop products do not impact any other of the same products also manufactured by Lion Dairy & Drinks in states outside New South Wales.”

The NSW Food Authority also issued another recall on Friday, warning Aldi customers in NSW and the ACT to check their fridges. Farmdale Full Cream Milk 3 Litre, which is only sold at the cut-price supermarket, with a use by date of February 25 is being urgently recalled due to a potential E. coli risk.

The two recalls, issued on Friday evening, are the third and fourth individual recall notices issued in just 48 hours as a result of potential microbial (E. coli) contamination.

On Thursday, Lion Dairy & Drinks issued its first recall of two Dairy Farmers products being sold at Coles, Woolworths and IGA stores across New South Wales.

The affected products are Dairy Farmers 1L Full Cream white milk products with a Use by Date of 25/02/2020 and its Dairy Farmers 3L Full Cream white milk products with a Use by Date of 24/02/2020.

Later that same day another recall was issued by the NSW Food Authority regarding milk stocked by 7-Eleven Stores Pty Ltd. The store recalled its 2L Full Cream Milk product with a use by date of February 24th 2020.

Anyone who has bought any of the potentially affected products are being warned not to consume them and to return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund.

According to the government’s Health Direct website, E. coli (Escherichia coli) are a group of bacteria that are found in the gut of almost all humans and animals. Some strains can cause illness, while others are harmless.

Minor illnesses such as diarrhoea and sickness can be contracted as a result of E. coli contamination, while urinary tract infections are also common. However the bacteria can also result in more serious health issues, such as pneumonia, meningitis and cholecystitis (inflammation of the gall bladder).

Early symptoms include stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea which often contains traces of blood. Anyone who believes they may be infected should seek medical advice.

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