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RPS Suspends Milk Distribution after ‘Unidentified Substance’ Found in Carton

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On Wednesday, Richmond Public Schools released a statement saying it would suspend milk distribution to students after an “unidentified substance” was found in a milk carton. On Wednesday, Richmond Public Schools released a statement saying it would suspend milk distribution to students after an “unidentified substance” was found in a milk carton.
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One week after several Henrico County Public Schools students reportedly became ill after consuming spoiled Marva Maid Dairy milk, Richmond Public Schools has decided to suspend its milk distribution due to an unidentified substance discovered in a milk carton from the same provider.

On May 28, four HCPS students complained of nausea-like symptoms after consuming milk that was later found to have spoiled before its expiration date. According to HCPS Director of Communications and Public Relations Andy Jenks, 10 other complaints were also reported to the Henrico County Health Department.

Marva Maid Dairy says a valve issue at a Norfolk processing plant may have contributed to increased bacteria growth in its milk on the date in question. HCPS has since selected a new milk provider.

On Monday, Prince William County Public Schools announced it would not sell milk this week after cafeteria workers reported some spoiled containers, also provided by Marva Maid Dairy. Though none of its students had reported getting sick, Albemarle County Public Schools also pulled Marva Maid milk from its cafeterias this week.

On Wednesday, Richmond Public Schools released a statement saying it would suspend milk distribution to students after an “unidentified substance” was found in a milk carton.

“While preliminary information suggests that this incident is not related to the issues experienced by surrounding counties, the district is taking proactive measures to ensure the safety and health of all students,” the statement read, in part.

RPS says it is working with the Richmond City Health District to investigate the incident and will serve juice and water until a new milk provider has been named.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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