Date
19 October 2017
Trappist Dairy's carrot low-fat milk drink (inset) has been ordered off store shelves after testing positive for excessive bacteria content. Photos: instagram, dbc.com
Trappist Dairy's carrot low-fat milk drink (inset) has been ordered off store shelves after testing positive for excessive bacteria content. Photos: instagram, dbc.com

Trappist milk bacteria scandal spreads

Another Trappist Dairy milk drink has been found to contain excessive bacteria and ordered recalled by the government.

The drink contains more than 4,300 times the legal limit for bacteria content, Ming Pao Daily reports, citing the Center for Food Safety (CFS).

CFS has ordered the recall of carrot low-fat milk drink which comes in 236 milliliter containers.

The drink has an Aug. 29 expiry date.

The order is part of an expanded recall of Trappist Dairy products after certain samples tested positive for bacteria several thousand times the permitted limit.

The first recall included fresh milk and high-calcium low-fat milk drink with use-by dates on or before Sept. 1.   

Trappist Dairy Ltd. said it has withdrawn all of its fresh milk and milk products and production has been suspended.

A relaunch of these products has yet to be decided.

Dr. Tsang Tak-yin, a specialist on epidemiology, said excessive bacteria, especially E. coli, could cause gastrointestinal discomfort and diarrhea.

He said consumers should look for unusual signs in drinks such as discoloration, bitter taste and sediment.

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