August 21, 2015 The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department of Hong Kong issued a warning that a batch of Trappist Dairy Fresh Milk should not be consumed because of high bacteria count present in it. All distributors and retailers were instructed to stop selling the affected products.
The CFS routine test showed that the total bacteria count was 260 million/ml – far exceeding the Hong Kong legal limit. According to the Hong Kong Milk Regulation, milk after heat-treatment (pasteurization) should not contain more than 30 000 bacteria per millilitre.
A spokesman for CFS emphasized that “exceeding total bacteria count indicated unsatisfactory hygienic conditions, but that it did not mean it would lead to food poisoning”.
In addition to recall measures instructed by the CFS for the affected product, the producing company has stopped and recalled all 236 ml packages of fresh milk, regardless of the batches. The company is currently arranging reimbursements.
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