Dairy receives most of recalled milk

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Only 70 of the half-litre cartons of semi-skimmed organic and non-organic milk with a use-by date of 8 November are still outstanding after they were pulled off the shelves, having been found to contain higher levels of bacteria than normal.

Jersey Dairy managing director Kevin Keen said milk was still being produced as normal and the tank that is thought to have been responsible for the increase in bacteria has been decommissioned.

Mr Keen said: ‘Milk comes in from the farm and we test it as it comes in and we only allow it into the dairy when that has been cleared.

At that point it goes into a raw milk tank.

We then pasteurise the milk and we have controls to say the milk has been properly pasteurised.

At that point it goes into a storage take waiting to be put into cartons.

‘The milk that has been withdrawn was pasteurised successfully.

It came down and we ran a test to ensure that, when it is put into the packs, the milk is pasteurised.

Pasteurisation kills 99.9 per cent of all bugs.

With this particular batch our 24-hour test results came out and showed this higher bacteria count.

We recalled all that milk and we narrowed it down to that tank.

We decommissioned that tank and are investigating the problem.’

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