Serious gastrointestinal diseases threaten: Lidl announces recall of whole milk

Lidl informs: Recall for Milbona Durable Whole Milk
Harmful bacteria were found in “Milbona Durable Whole Milk 3.5% Fat, 1 L”. The manufacturer has now started a recall for the product that is sold at the food discount store Lidl. Customers should not consume the milk concerned. Serious gastrointestinal diseases are at risk.

Bacteria found to be harmful to health
The manufacturer "Fude + Serrahn Milchprodukte GmbH & Co. KG" is currently recalling the product "Milbona Durable Whole Milk 3.5% Fat, 1L" with the best-before dates 07.05.2017 and 08.05.2017. Bacillus cereus was found in the milk sold at the discount supermarket Lidl as part of its own research. This bacterium can trigger severe gastrointestinal disorders. Due to the possible health risk, consumers should under no circumstances consume the affected product.

Food poisoning and gastrointestinal infections
"Bacillus (B.) cereus is a spore-forming bacterium that is distributed worldwide," writes the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) on its website. “Completely avoiding food contamination is difficult due to the global presence of the bacterium. A low bacterial count is usually not a problem for the consumer. "

However, eating contaminated food can lead to food poisoning or gastrointestinal infections in humans.

The toxins that are formed by the bacterium are divided into two types: According to the Bavarian State Office, the "diarrheal type" occurs for
Health and Food Safety (LGL) after eating the contaminated food for stomach cramps and diarrhea.

With the "emetic type", patients usually complain of nausea and vomiting after consumption.

Product has been taken out of sale
Both the discounter chain and the milk producer indicate on their websites that the product concerned was sold by Lidl Germany in the federal states of Berlin, Brandenburg, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein.

According to the information, Lidl has taken the affected product out of sale. “The product can be returned to all Lidl branches. The purchase price will of course be reimbursed, even without presentation of the receipt, ”says the message.

The two companies point out that no other products are affected by the recall. (ad)

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