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Several school districts reporting issues with Marva Maid spoiled milk

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Right now, Richmond schools will only serve juice and water, instead of Marva Maid milk.  A school spokesperson says the decision was made after a student found a "black-like" substance in his carton.

NBC12 got a hold of the company's latest health inspection.

The Virginia Department of Health is looking into four school districts reporting problems with Marva Maid milk.  Richmond is the latest to join that list.

The complaints against Marva Maid milk are pouring in, a Richmond school spokesperson say a black substance found in one carton is now being tested.

"Yuck!" says Debra Chapman, a mom.  "I wouldn't want to be drinking that and I wouldn't want any of the kids to be drinking that either."

The Virginia Department of Health says Marva Maid is cooperating with the investigation.

"We want kids to feel like pasteurized milk is safe!" says Julie Henderson, the VDH director of Food and General Environmental Services.  "It is an ongoing investigation and we need to allow for the facility to respond."
 
These reports show a health inspector visited the Newport News plant in May and found an air curtain to prevent pests from coming in was not working properly and a pump was also leaking.  The state says these violations do not indicate a major problem and the reports "...don't seem to be associated with the current situation."  State health experts say this is not a time to panic.

"At this point we don't have any indication, and our state lab tests have confirmed this , that it's anything beyond premature spoiled milk," says Henderson.

Marva Maid says reports of spoiled milk started on May 23rd from a Prince William County school, a few days later Henrico County Schools filed a complaint followed by a customer not in the school system in Faquier county.  And while half pint cartons with the May 30th to June 2nd date have been recalled; Albemarle County schools says two students reported a funny taste after those dates.
Marva Maid says they are looking into that complaint.

For now, at least four Virginia school districts are choosing to use a different distributor.

The state says inspectors are also examining how the milk was transported and if it was stored properly at the schools that have filed complaints. No other recalls have been issued.

The state health department says the spoiled milk only went to schools and hospitals, and milk sold in stores is not believed to be affected.

Marva Maid says it is dedicated to cooperating with the investigation and wants to reassure customers its milk is safe.

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