A family’s breakfast was almost ruined this week due to an alarming mishap with some Aldi milk.
There didn’t appear to be anything wrong with the full cream Farmdale Fresh milk when it was initially being poured, but things took a turn for the worse moments later.
When a mum from Shepparton, Victoria, turned to check on her daughter’s Weetbix on Monday, the milk had thickened into a firm slop, taking on a similar appearance to yoghurt.
She filmed a sickening video, later shared online, showing the hardened milk jiggling around like a bowl of white jelly.
The milk, which was still days out from its best before date, also curdled after she poured it into her morning coffee.
After seeing the two sloppy messes created by the milk, the mum told Yahoo News Australia it was clear the family “weren’t having cereal for breakfast” anymore.
“I was more disappointed when I couldn’t have my coffee,” she said.
Fortunately the woman had a back-up supply of long life milk due to the coronavirus and later made herself a coffee with milk that didn’t curdle.
She bought the three-litre bottle last week and suspected a combination of the hot weather and her kids not always closing the fridge properly could explain the milk’s condition.
Dr Nenad Naumovski, an associate professor at the University of Canberra who has a PhD in food science, said the milk may still have been fine for consumption.
Milk may not have been homogenised
Dr Naumovski told Yahoo News Australia it was possible the thick layer of milk could be due to the use of unhomogenised milk which is “perfectly fine”.
“The only difference is that the milk cream can aggregate on top, separating from the rest of the milk. In some cases, full cream milk can have quite a lot of cream separated from the rest that it can appear that way,” he said.
“Majority of the consumers like to have their milk not separated from the cream hence the homogenisation methods are used via very high pressures that can break the fat globule and make the milk more ‘uniform’ as a fluid.”
An Aldi spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia that “if a customer has an issue with a product, they can take it back to store for a full refund”.
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