Hundreds of thousands of litres of milk products have been recalled in Western Australia due to microbial contamination fears.

Supermarket chain, Coles, which processes its home brand milk with the brand name Lion, has put out a public call for anyone who has purchased its one-litre cartons of fresh full cream and 98 per cent fat free hilo milk to return the cartons.  The milk cartons in question have an expiry date of February 6.

The Lion brand also manufacture the Pura and Masters milk brands.  They have also publicly announced that their Pura hilo, Masters flavoured and Farmers Union iced coffees that expire on February 7 must also not be consumed.  Additionally, Lion also has said that the 300ml and 600 ml Masters chocolate-flavoured milks which expire on February 6 must not be consumed.

Coles has issued a written statement regarding the recall and sited ‘microbial contamination by coliforms’ by the manufacturer as the reason for potential harm if consumed.  

Coliforms, a type of bacteria, can cause illness if consumed, especially in young children, the elderly and those who have a weakened immune system.  Symptoms of illness can include gastrointestinal problems, including cramping and diarrhoea.

The Lion brand in a statement, said their products were being recalled as a precautionary measure.

“The recall follows routine internal testing which showed a microbial count in excess of our quality standards,” the statement said.  “There have been no consumer complaints to date made regarding any of the products.

“Lion has undertaken additional testing on all retention samples for these batches, and to date testing has found no evidence of any contaminant known to cause illness.  “We believe this is an isolated incident impacting only the production on one manufacturing line on Saturday 23 January 2016 at the Lion Bentley dairy site.”

Supermarkets have endeavoured to remove affected products and destroy them since the recall notice was given last night.

The statement said the products should be disposed of and customers could call the Lion Consumer Enquiries Centre on 1800 677 852 for a full refund.

Coles said customers could also return the milk for a full refund.


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  • noooooooooooooo


  • I’ve just seen this after treating myself to one today, but luckily I think this is an old post and so we should all be safe now!


  • I buy these often but luckily I didn’t get any lately!


  • Lots of food recalls lately. Good thing no there weren’t any bad cases of food poisoning


  • How scary! I love these iced coffees.


  • so many food recalls lately, makes you wonder whats safe to eat.


  • Its good to see product quality testing is working, and the health of its customers is being protected. We are very lucky to have the choices and quality of foods here in Australia.


  • I hope Tasmania isn’t included in the recall…I have been consuming these like they are going out of fashion lately


  • I didn’t hear any more about this.


  • i hope this didn’t affect too many customers. is there an up-date


  • milk is so volatile, I remember having an off one at school once!


  • Thanks for sharing this community service announcement.


  • It is worrying the number of product recalls that are getting around lately. Hopefully no illness eventuates.


  • i am not sure why they don’t have the results before they ship out the products. i didn’t hear about it until now, either.


  • This is the only place I have seen the recall. Well done mom team

    • Yes. First I have heard of it too. Perhaps they just kept it fairly local to WA only.

      • Most likely just kept it local. Often these warnings are on product pages.


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