Hundreds of cartons of spoiled milk found at Greer elementary Wednesday morning. Luckily, no students got sick, but it was a close call.
The milk is inspected every morning, and this morning over a hundred half pints were spoiled prior to their 'sell by' date. This isn't the first incident. The milk they supply is from 'Marva Maid' from Newport News, Virginia, that recently recalled all half pints that expired this past weekend.
Marva Maid supplies much of Virginia with their milk, including our schools. Greer Elementary is one of them, and for many years there's been no issues; until this past week.
"The milk, tasted funny, students said it tasted funny, so the manager went ahead and pulled the milk and checked them. There was a future sell date so there wasn't a reason for them to be spoiled so she wasn't concerned," commented Christina Pitsenberger, food services director for Albemarle County Schools.
The first cases of this didn't originate in Central Virginia.
Cases first started popping up in Prince William and Henrico counties. That’s where four students reported feeling nausea after drinking milk supplied from Marva Maid"
This prompted the company to voluntarily withdraw all half pints of milk with expiration dates between May 30th and June 2nd. At Greer Elementary there was more spoiled milk found after that date. This was the last straw for Albemarle county, and they were removed within hours....
“We did, we did it within one meal to the next. So the good news is we're effective tomorrow having a new dairy brings in some milk product and today the children are enjoying some juice or water or something."
This all kicked off an investigation by the Virginia Department of Health that is now working with Marva Maid to prevent anyone else from getting sick.
"It is certainly not going to be in the school systems the rest of this year, we'll do a formal bid next year and we'll reveal all bids."
Albemarle is switching over to Shenandoah pride milk, which will be in on Thursday.
The supplier suggests that since we saw milk spoiled a few days earlier than expected, the issue may be a lack of proper refrigeration. Regardless, this milk is out of Albemarle county, and will is being investigated in Greene, Orange, and Madison counties.