Marva Maid: Henrico school milk tested, found spoiled

Published: May. 30, 2014 at 9:46 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2014 at 9:46 PM EDT
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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Marva Maid has confirmed that milk tested from Henrico schools turned out to be spoiled. The testing began after several students got sick and the Henrico County Health Department confirms about 14 children so far have reported symptoms.

Students in Henrico County will be served juice and water only, after the milk was pulled from all lunchrooms. School leaders confirm a small number of students got sick with what they describe as "nausea-like symptoms."

Marva Maid says all 1/2 pint milk found with an expiration date of May 30 had spoiled by May 28. The spoilage may have been caused by a faulty valve at the processing center. Marva Maid says it was a minor equipment malfunction and did not indicate the batch needed to be recalled.  The company is also looking at its distribution centers to make sure the milk was refrigerated properly.  They believe this is an isolated incident.

"We take every customer complaint seriously and we immediately investigating what was wrong," says Amber Sheridan, the director of corporate communications for Marva Maid.  "Marva Maid conducts all of its operations in compliance with local, state and federal health laws. We're working with our key contacts in all those positions to ensure we have the freshest tasting highest quality milk possible for our customers."

School leaders are developing a plan for Monday.  "We'relooking at working with an alternate distributor to at least get through next week," says Andy Jenks, the Henrico schools spokesperson.  Jenks says four out of 10 students in the county rely on free or reduced lunch and milk is a big part of making sure it's nutritious.

The health inspector was at the plant in Newport News on Thursday and requested to see all of Marvin Maid's records.

Marva Maid has set up a hotline for consumer questions or concerns. Call 1-800-768-6243.

Click here to read the full statement from Marva Maid:

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