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Milk safe to drink

Dawn Gibson
Friday, February 01, 2013

FIJI Dairy Limited has reassured the public that they are working at clearing a batch of problematic Rewa Life full cream milk.

This came after individuals, who did not wish to be named, complained to this newspaper about their packets containing "clumps of white solid".

Fiji Dairy Limited's marketing manager Nathan Hildebrand said the batch sent out last month had a homogenisation issue but the milk was consumable.

"The milk is simply separating liquid from the fat, which is a natural process. Separation of fat from liquid does not constitute milk that is unfit for human consumption," he said.

He said the seperation process was a natural one and that the homogenisation issues were being addressed at their plant.

"Milk is a natural product derived from cows made up of fat and water. Over time, the fat separates from the water and this occurs naturally. To prevent separation, milk is homogenised," Mr Hildebrand said.

He said homogenisation involved squirting milk through very small holes to break up the fat, which resulted in thermal vibrations and currents in the milk remaining large enough to keep fat mixed.

"This results in preventing separation issues in milk," Mr Hildebrand said.

He said the reason this problem only occurred in the white Rewa Life packets was because the blue packets were a product of New Zealand.

"The products of New Zealand are imported to help ensure adequate domestic supplies of liquid milk," he said.