Date
24 September 2017
Tests on some samples of Trappist Dairy products (inset) have shown that bacteria levels were much higher than the legal limit. Photos: Bloomberg, internet
Tests on some samples of Trappist Dairy products (inset) have shown that bacteria levels were much higher than the legal limit. Photos: Bloomberg, internet

Trappist Dairy products withdrawn due to excessive bacteria

Trappist Dairy Ltd., a small-scale dairy firm in Hong Kong, announced on Saturday that it will halt sales of some fresh milk products and recall some batches already in the market following a contamination scare.

The company said it is pulling back shipments of 236-milliliter fresh milk cartons from stores and supermarkets after the Centre for Food Safety (CFS) determined that some samples it tested contained bacteria at over 8,000 times the legal limit, Ming Pao Daily News reported.

On Friday, the CFS revealed that a sample of Trappist Dairy milk collected from a Park’N Shop outlet in Wang Tau Hom was found to have total bacterial count of 260 million per milliliter, which was 8,660 times the legal limit of 30,000 bacteria per milliliter.

Trappist Dairy said it is conducting an investigation into the matter and that it has set up a hotline for consumer enquiries.

The CFS has urged consumers who bought such milk products to refrain from using them, in order to avoid food poisoning.

The food safety watchdog is looking into Trappist Dairy’s production, delivery and storage procedures. The company could face prosecution if it is determined that there were serious lapses.

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