Urgent Recall Of Dairy Farmers Milk Over E. Coli Fears

Milk sold at Coles, Woolworths and IGA stores could be contaminated with E. coli, with Dairy Farmers issuing an urgent recall of products sold across NSW.

The manufacturer of the milk, Lion Dairy & Drinks, on Thursday issued a warning for customers to not drink some one litre and three litre versions of its Full Cream White Milk, due to "potential microbial contamination".

Lion has issued a recall for three litre Full Cream White Milk with a use by date of 24/2/2020, and one litre Full Cream White Milk with a use by of 25/2/2020.

"This is a food safety issue. As this may cause illness if the product is consumed, Lion Dairy & Drinks immediately moved to recall the products from market," the company said.

"The impacted products were manufactured at the Lion Dairy & Drinks’ Penrith dairy manufacturing site and have been distributed for sale across New South Wales through Coles, Woolworths and IGA stores and some independent outlets (i.e. milk bars, cafes and convenience stores)."

Lion has urged customers not to consume the affected varieties. Image: Getty

Lion said it had not received any customer complaints as of Thursday morning, but said anyone who had consumed the products in question to seek medical advice if they felt unwell. The company is launching an investigation into the incident, saying it "will put in place steps to mitigate it happening again".

Lion did not elaborate on the cause of the E. coli concerns.

The recall does not include other Dairy Farmers products.

"Anyone in possession of the impacted products should not consume them but dispose of the product and call the Lion Dairy & Drinks Consumer Enquiries Centre on 1800 677 852 for a full refund," the company said.

"We regret inconvenience this may cause consumers and customers."