Statement from Julia Burrows, Director of Public Health at Barnsley Council and Dr Nachi Arunachalam, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control at Public Health England Yorkshire and the Humber
“Barnsley Council and Public Health England are informing residents across South Yorkshire of a recall of dairy products from Darwin’s Dairy.
“As a precautionary measure, we have advised Darwin’s Dairy to recall all milk, (whole milk, skimmed and semi-skimmed) and cream products currently in circulation. This became necessary after a potential processing problem was identified with the pasteurisation process that could have affected some milk and cream products that could still be stored in people’s fridges.
“Their products can be identified by:
- A Darwin’s logo somewhere on the container either ‘Darwin’s Dairy’ or ‘NP & DJ Darwin Ltd’
- Wording: ‘produced at Whitefield Farm, Oxspring, Barnsley’
- An oval mark bearing the following inside the oval ‘UK YB006 EC’.
“The dairy is co-operating fully with our advice. If you have bought these products, do not eat or drink them but dispose of them.
“Environmental Health Officers visited the dairy after Public Health England Yorkshire and the Humber became aware of an increase in E.coli cases in South Yorkshire, though it is important to be aware that the dairy has not been confirmed as the source of the outbreak at this stage.
"A total of 18 confirmed or probable cases have been identified in people with links to Barnsley, Doncaster or Sheffield in November 2019. Nine of these cases are known to have consumed Darwin’s Dairy products before becoming unwell. Those affected are recovering at home and in hospital.
“E.coli can cause a serious infection in those with weakened immune systems or vulnerable groups, including babies, the elderly or pregnant women. Symptoms of E.coli include stomach cramps and diarrhoea that may be bloody. These usually last up to a week. However, some infections can be severe and may be life-threatening. As with all instances of diarrhoea and vomiting, it is important that people keep hydrated and stay away from work or school for as long as symptoms persist. If you do notice blood in your stool, contact your GP immediately.”