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Richmond Public Schools pulling Marva Maid milk after complaint

Marva Maid Milk

RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond Public Schools will pull Marva Maid milk products.

Kristen Larson confirmed that RPS received a complaint from one child.

Dr. Dana Bedden, Superintendent, confirmed that the milk will be pulled from schools Thursday.  He said he was in close consultation with health department and made the decision late Wednesday evening.

“Richmond Public Schools will suspend the distribution of milk to students due to an unidentified substance discovered today in a milk carton,” Bedden said in a statement. “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.”

Officials are reaching out to the health department for help with testing, Larson said.

The school is working with to find new providers and to have new options available on Friday.

There will be juice and water on Thursday until a new milk provider is named.

“We are currently investigating this incident and will provide additional updates as they become available,” Bedden said. “Parents should expect to receive written communication regarding this matter via backpack mail on Thursday, June 5.”

In Henrico County, several children being nauseated after drinking Marva Maid Milk. Several other counties had problems with the milk and had to pull it from the cafeteria.

“Testing on the milk from the Henrico County and Prince William County incidents found elevated levels of bacteria consistent with milk that spoiled prematurely,” the Virginia Department of Health officials wrote in a news release.