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Agropur pulls milk over sanitizer residue concerns

Sealtest, L'ecole milk affected

A case of “discomfort” reported by one consumer has led North America’s biggest dairy co-operative to pull certain batches of milk from sale in Quebec and Ontario.

Agropur on Friday announced a voluntary recall of certain bagged and cartoned milks made at its Ottawa processing plant and sold under the Sealtest and L’ecole c’est nourrissant brands, after an internal check found “sanitizer residues.”

The products affected, as of Jan. 27, are listed below.

The co-operative, one of the 20 biggest dairy processors in the world, said it announced the recall of the products in the wake of an investigation after “one reported complaint of discomfort associated with the consumption of a product.”

Agropur said it has asked all of its clients to pull the specific products from their shelves and inventory and has contacted the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which is overseeing the voluntary recall.

CFIA on Friday advised Quebec and Ontario consumers to see if they have the recalled products in their homes, and to either throw out the recalled products or return them to the stores where they were bought.

Food contaminated with sanitizer residue may not look or smell spoiled and “should not be consumed,” CFIA said, adding that consuming the affected product may cause symptoms such as nausea, upset stomach or vomiting.

No other products, formats, brands or “best before” dates are affected other than those listed below, Agropur said.

The Sealtest brand, which originated in the U.S. in the 1940s, is today owned by Unilever and used by Agropur in Canada under license on milk, cream, sour cream, cottage cheese and lemonade products. — Glacier FarmMedia Network

Correction from source, Jan. 27 — The article and table below have been updated with corrected information from CFIA.

Affected products as of Jan. 27, 2020. (

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