Shoppers in Victoria and New South Wales have been warned about possible microbial contamination in a brand of milk available in Woolworths, Coles and independent retailers across both states.
According to a notice from Food Standards Australia, Tempo Foods have issued a recall of the following Fresh Milk products at risk of E coli contamination:
If you have purchased a recalled product fitting the description above, Food Standards Australia advises the following three steps:
According to Healthdirect Australia, E. coli (Escherichia coli) are a group of bacteria that are found in the gut of almost all humans and animals. Some strains are harmless, while others — such as those contracted through contaminated food or drink — can cause illness.
Minor illnesses such as diarrhoea and sickness can be contracted as a result of E. coli contamination, with urinary tract infections also common. Early symptoms include stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea which often contains traces of blood.
However, the bacteria can also result in more serious health issues, such as pneumonia, meningitis and cholecystitis (inflammation of the gall bladder). Young children, the elderly and those with a compromised immune system are considered more at risk of more severe illness.
Anyone who believes they may be infected should seek medical advice.