Arrabawn resumes production in Kilconnell liquid milk plant

Arrabawn has resumed production at its Kilconnell plant in Co. Galway after receiving the green light from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

The cooperative kicked off production over the weekend, on Saturday, October 17.

In a statement to AgriLand, a spokesperson for the co-op said:

Arrabawn Dairies can confirm that production at our Kilconnell, Co. Galway, site resumed on Saturday following a review by Department of Agriculture officials on the corrective actions taken at the facility.

“The actions were implemented on Thursday and Friday following the detection of Enterobacteriaceae bacteria in a product line at the liquid milk plant.

“Arrabawn Dairies’ comprehensive in-house testing programme is also supported by an external accredited laboratory to give further reassurance on quality and food safety compliance.

Last week’s incident was the first product recall in the history of the Arrabawn Dairies facility.

Our liquid milk plant is a very modern facility that has undergone significant investment in the past six years.

“We thank our staff, our suppliers, customers and the public for their continued support,” the co-op spokesperson said.

Last Thursday, October 15, Arrabawn issued a recall for certain batches of milk that were deemed to be potentially unsafe due to the presence of the Enterobacteriaceae bacteria.

According to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) the implicated batches had a use-by date of October 26, 2020, and included the following brands: Arrabawn Fresh Milk 2L; Homefarm Fresh Milk 2L; Gala Fresh Milk 2L; Spar Fresh Milk 2L; Mace Fresh Milk 2L; and Clonbawn Fresh Milk 2L and 3L.

Meanwhile, Clonbawn Light Milk 1% Fat 1L and 3L, which is sold in Aldi supermarkets, with a use-by date of October 27, 2020, was also recalled.