How is milk contaminated

Milk contaminated with bacteriaAn orderly recall, unlike the Listeria sausage

A broken seal was the reason that the Deutsches Milchkontor had to recall certain batches of their fresh, low-fat milk. The defect caused germ water to get into production and contaminated the milk with bacteria. Aeromonas hydrophila and Aeromonas caviae are the names of the two species that occur in fresh and brackish water, for example. The pathogens can lead to gastrointestinal diseases.

As a precaution, anyone who drank the affected milk before the recall should go to the doctor, advises Sonja Pannenbecker from the Bremen Consumer Center: "Since there is obviously no dose-effect relationship, so for some people there are very few germs to make them sick and with others there must have been a lot of germs in the milk to get sick. It has to happen too. Well, it doesn't mean that just because you've drunk the milk you will definitely get diarrhea. "

These bacteria can be treated with antibiotics.

Low-fat fresh milk with label "DE NW 508 EG"

Almost two weeks ago, the dairy had noticed the defective seal during a routine examination. Laboratory results were then available on Thursday that confirmed the germs in the milk. The affected goods were then recalled immediately. It is fresh, low-fat milk with the label "DE NW 508 EG", which has a best before date between 10 and 20 October.

Supermarkets and discounters such as Metro, Aldi, Edeka, Rewe and Lidl immediately took the goods off their shelves.

(dpa-Bildfunk / Uwe Zucchi) Foodwatch on the sausage scandal / "Authorities must be obliged to always publish all information"
The latest sausage scandal shows in a sad way what can go wrong with food recalls and the information policy of the offices, said Andreas Winkler from Foodwatch in the Dlf. Consumers have a right to know where potentially contaminated goods have ended up.

This is an orderly recall campaign, unlike the Wilke sausage contaminated with Listeria, emphasizes Pannenbecker.

"Well, with the sausage scandal it came out very little by little what it actually is, and it had been going on for months. And economic interests also seem to have been in view that this sausage factory is best not Well, a lot seems to have gone wrong. So everything could have been done better. Here it really is, they found it, they published it immediately, clearly communicated what was affected and what was not. "

Internal controls detected contaminated milk

Apart from the fact that it is milk as a food that many people consume, it is not an unusual recall. Nevertheless, Pannenbecker received as many press inquiries as rarely on this day:

"I do believe that this sausage scandal, which is still relatively young - the sausage has barely been eaten than the milk comes out - that otherwise it would not have received such attention."

(dpa / picture alliance / CTK digifoodstock) Food hygiene / transparency only on paper
Actually, citizens should be able to obtain information about the hygienic conditions in restaurants or supermarkets from the authorities. However, some offices refuse or delay the answer. Now an activist of the online platform "Topf-Secret" is suing.

The contaminated milk was detected by an internal control. In addition to such internal controls, companies are also regularly audited by the authorities, but the responsibility for this varies from state to state.

The Deutsche Milchkontor is the largest dairy cooperative in Germany. With around 7,700 employees, they produce cheese, ice cream, baby food and health products. The dairy is one of the largest suppliers to the German food retail industry. In 2018, their sales fell from 5.8 to 5.6 billion euros. The reason for this was, among other things, the low milk price, the company said at the time. The group had restructured itself in recent years, closed three plants and cut hundreds of jobs. In addition, a number of dairy farmers had terminated their contracts with the DMK because the milk prices were too low for them.

Note: You can find out exactly which products are affected on the company website of the German Milk Trading Authority (DMK). Customers should be able to return the affected milk in the shop without a receipt and then get their money back.