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Urgent Australian milk recall as fears grow the dairy product is contaminated with E. coli

Milk brand is pulled from shelves due to E. coli contamination – as shoppers are urged to return affected bottles

  • Kenilworth Dairies Full Cream Milk recalled over E. coli contamination
  • Consumers who purchased the products are urged to return them immediately
  • E. coli is a bacteria that can cause diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach cramps

A popular Queensland milk brand has been pulled from shelves after the product was contaminated with a harmful bacteria. 

E. coli, a bacteria that lives in the intestines of humans and animals, has been found in The Kenilworth Dairies Full Cream Milk three litre, two litre and one litre sizes. 

Consumers have been warned not to consume any bottles with the best before date of March 15, 2021, over fears the milk could cause serious illness. 

Kenilworth Dairies Full Cream Milk (pictured) has been pulled from shelves over fears the product has been contaminated with a harmful bacteria

The products have been available for sale at independent grocers and Kenilworth Dairies Cafe in Queensland. 

Food Standards Australia has urged consumers to return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Anyone who may have consumed the milk and are concerned about their health are advised to seek medical attention. 

E. coli is a bacteria that can cause diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach cramps usually three to four days after being exposed to contaminated water or food.  

Anyone who may have consumed the 3 litre, 2 litre and 1 litre sizes of milk and are concerned about their health are advised to seek medical attention (pictured)

Anyone who may have consumed the 3 litre, 2 litre and 1 litre sizes of milk and are concerned about their health are advised to seek medical attention (pictured)

WHAT IS E. COLI AND WHY IS IT DANGEROUS?

E. coli (Escherichia coli) are bacteria that generally live in the intestines of healthy people and animals.

Infections can occur after coming into contact with the faeces of humans or animals, or by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water.

Symptoms of an E.coli infection include bloody diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting.

In rare cases, sufferers can develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

This is a condition in which there is an abnormal destruction of blood platelets and red blood cells.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the damaged blood cells can clog the kidney’s filtering system, resulting in life-threatening kidney failure.

No treatment currently exists to treat these infections. They usually disappear within one week, but medical professionals recommend resting and drinking fluids to help prevent dehydration and fatigue.

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