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Food Lion Recalls Store-Brand Milk

Posted September 28, 2007

— Food Lion has recalled some of its store-brand milk because of concerns that it might spoil prematurely.

"This does not appear to be a food safety issue, but rather a quality one," company spokeswoman Kimberly Blackburn said in a statement, noting customer complaints prompted the action.

All of the affected containers had been pulled from store shelves by Friday, Blackburn said.

The affected products are quart-sized and have expiration dates of Nov. 3, Nov. 4, Nov. 9 or Nov. 10. They bear the following labels:

  • Food Lion quart milk HVD, bearing UPC code 3582600306 and item number 64286-8
  • Food Lion quart 2% milk, bearing UPC code 3582602434 and item number 64287-6
  • Food Lion quart skim milk bearing UPC code 2582604059 and item number 64289-2

Customers who purchased any of the products can return them to any Food Lion store for a full refund, Blackburn said.

The company is working with its supplier to determine why the milk was spoiling, she said.


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  • lovecarolinagutters Sep 30, 2007

    Where I live the closest place to shop is Food Lion. Other stores are 8 and 10 miles away. Lowes Foods is building a store within walking distance of my home. I will be so glad when they open. I won't be shopping at Food Lion anymore. Because they have little competition, they are very rude.

    I too have bought sour milk. Already bad when you open it. YUCK !!

  • Kattails Sep 30, 2007

    Being a 18 year Food Lion employee myself, let me explain something to you out there. There seems to be concerns over the long expiration dates on these quarts. The reason the quarts have longer dates is if you notice, it says on the carton "ultra patuerized". Its suppose to last longer than the gallon and half gallons anyway. I guess its made with some kinda ingredient to extend the shelf life. There's nothing wrong with the milk, just has a funny smell and it is indeed a quality issue. Not all these quarts smell like this, just a few that were shipped out and just as a precaution, Food Lion, goes and recalls ALL quarts instead until the quality issue is resolved.

  • Cindy Sep 30, 2007

    I bought a gallon of milk this past Wednesday from Food Lion and it also has a funny smell and taste. I don't drink milk but my kids do. The UPC codes listed above didn't include the gallon jugs of milk, but I'm taking mine back anyway. The smell is not right. A gallon costs about $4.39, so that will back.

  • NC to GA Sep 29, 2007

    Nifty Knitter, you can refer to that as: #3's. This is an expression that a friend and I have coined (yes, we talk about that!)

    Anyway... makes sense to me! 1 & 2 together = 3. SPREAD THE WORD :-)

  • KniftyKnitter Sep 28, 2007

    Hhmmmm.....this may explain my dd's, er, gastrointestinal distress this past week. :-(

  • IbeMoDean Sep 28, 2007

    As the story say: "This does not appear to be a food safety issue, but rather a quality one," company spokeswoman Kimberly Blackburn said in a statement, noting customer complaints prompted the action.

    How is prematurely spoiling milk NOT a safety issue? Would Kimberly drink it herself? Probably would keep her in the bathroom and hinder giving platitudes to the media in an attempt to defuse the situation.

    I just checked Food Lion's website ... yet no mention of the recall that I can see anywhere. They do have a nice "Food Safety" page tho.....

  • earthmama Sep 28, 2007

    Got Curd? ewww

  • materseed Sep 28, 2007

    think about it, milk doesnt last a whole month anyway, look at the expiration dates, NOV? come on everyone knows it wont last that long. They must have misprinted the dates and havent got the brains to figure out thats y its spoiling.

  • IbeMoDean Sep 28, 2007

    I've had the same problem as others. The last two 1/2 gallon FL milk jugs I bought went bad before I even opened them. And I, too, thought that it was because of the heat. I think this is part of a larger problem that's not fully explained by these three recalls. And you think: "Well, I should take it back for a refund ... but who has time to lug sour milk back for $3 bucks." Yet when it's happening week-after-week - you're being ripped off.

    Unless they fully explain the REAL problems - I will not purchase their milk anymore ... there's nothing worse than that smell and lumpy appearance. Ruined two entrees that I was prepping. Maybe I should get a cow to keep in my backyard. : )

  • All child molesters should die Sep 28, 2007

    I use to drink FL milk, but I switched to Horizon Organic. Delicious!