Albemarle County Schools Pull Spoiled Milk from Lunches

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Students in Albemarle County went without milk at lunch Wednesday, because school officials had to pull its spoiled supply.

The Virginia Department of Health advised schools throughout the state that Marva Maid milk with sell-by dates from May 30 through June 2 may have spoiled. The investigation started after people in other areas claimed they felt sick after drinking it. The Newport News-based dairy company says it is cooperating with the investigation.

Albemarle schools had no reports of anyone getting sick. Milk from another supplier will be available starting Thursday.

Albemarle County Schools sent the following message to parents:

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Today, during lunch, we will not be providing milk to students and will be offering alternative beverages including water and juice.

We have taken this precautionary health action as the result of the recent discovery of spoiled milk being delivered by Marva Maid, a company that supplies milk to several school divisions in Central Virginia, including Albemarle County.

On Friday of last week, the company cited the possibility of improper refrigeration in announcing a voluntary recall of all milk with sale dates between May 30 and June 2. We inspect all dairy deliveries to our schools on a daily basis and last week, prior to the recall notice, we removed approximately 300 cartons of milk we suspected may have spoiled.

Today, our inspections revealed that milk with sale dates later than June 2 also are spoiled. Effective immediately, we are removing all milk provided by Marva Maid from our supply.

There have been no reports of illness among students or staff in any of our schools resulting from these developments.

We have made arrangements with another dairy supplier to provide milk to our cafeterias beginning with breakfast tomorrow.

Christina Pitsenberger
Director, Child Nutrition Programs

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