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Cymru Dairy reveal batch of milk is ‘tainted’

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CYMRU DAIRY has released a statement regarding a batch of milk with ‘a taint to it’.

The company launched in Cardiff more than 10 years ago, supplying a diverse range of customers, from independent retailers to hospitals and from high end hotels to cost sector caterers.

According to the Cymru Dairy website, the batches of milk which have a taint to it, include:

Cymru Dairy 2 litre Whole Milk Use by: 08/01/19 and 09/01/19
Cymru Dairy 2 litre Semi Skimmed Milk Use by: 09/01/19 and 11/01/19

The company have said that the source of the taint has been isolated, and that there is no food safety risk to customers. Cymru Dairy have also offered a full refund to any customers affected.

The statement said: “We are aware that a small proportion of our Cymru Dairy milk has a taint to it. This is an isolated incident that relates only to the products and use by codes detailed above – no other products or codes are implicated.

“Our milk processor has assured us there is no food safety risk to customers from consuming this milk. The taint appears to develop over time; hence we have only been made aware of this issue a number of days after we had supplied it to our customers.

“The source of the taint has since been traced to well water from a single farm. Our milk processor immediately stopped taking milk from this farm and supply will only be reinstated when they are confident the issue is fully resolved. The milk has been fully tested by our processor and the situation has also been discussed with local Environmental Health Officers (EHO). The Company took the decision not to recall the product on the basis that there is no food safety risk and the complaint relates to a small proportion of the milk supplied.

“Our milk processor has processed our milk for over 10 years and we have an excellent track record of supplying quality product. The processor is externally accredited, regularly audited and achieved the highest rating at their latest audit. This particular batch of milk passed all of the testing and normal production procedures from raw milk reception, through to post-production testing. Cymru Dairy operates an externally accredited distribution site and when visited today, the local EHO was satisfied with the systems we have in place and the manner in which we are dealing with this issue.

“Finally, I would like to apologise to our loyal customers and consumers for this situation and any inconvenience it may have caused. We will obviously ensure anyone affected will receive a full refund.”

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Police officer was assaulted on Christmas Day

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A 25-YEAR-OLD woman from Haverfordwest appeared before the town’s magistrates on Tuesday (Jan 15) to face a charge of assault by beating against a police officer.

Tiffany Rowlands, of West Court, pleaded guilty to assaulting PC Gareth Potter on Christmas Day.

Prosecutor, Sian Vaughan said: “The officer was at the defendant’s property searching the childrens’ bedrooms.

“Rowlands pushed the officer to the chest, and after she calmed down apologised following the incident.”

Defence solicitor, Mark Layton, said: “There’s no record of any injury. They were upstairs, the lights were off so it was dark, and she realises it was wholly inappropriate.”

Magistrates fined Rowlands £40 for the offence and ordered her to pay £85 prosecution costs and £30 victim surcharge.

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Milford Haven: Booms to be removed following oil spill

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BOOMS installed earlier this month to contain an oil spill in the Milford Haven waterway will be removed tomorrow (Jan 17).

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and partner agencies have continued to survey the affected areas since the incident on 3 January and are satisfied that they have contained as much oil as possible.

Where oil has been found on local beaches, Valero’s clean up team have removed it under advice of NRW officers.

The investigation into how this incident, and the previous oil spill in December 2018, happened is ongoing.

Following further assessments and an inspection of the affected fuel pipelines, Valero now believe that no more than 500 litres of oil was released during the incident on 3 January – significantly less than originally feared.

But the pipelines will remain closed after NRW took action last week to suspend their use. NRW will not allow Valero to reopen the pipelines until it is satisfied they can operate without causing further damage to the local environment.

Andrea Winterton, Operations Manager from Natural Resources Wales, said: “Following a swift response from everyone involved, much of the pollution has been contained and cleaned up quickly, reducing the impact it could have had on wildlife and the environment.

“Along with our partners, we will continue to monitor the situation and will respond to any further reports of oil washing ashore in the coming weeks.

“Valero continue to support our efforts and cooperate with our enquiries into how the incidents happened. Our investigation also continues as we consider what further action we need to take to stop this happening again.”

NRW is asking people who live in the area to report any signs of pollution to their 24/7 incident hotline on 03000 65 3000.

The multi-agency response to this incident has involved the following organisations: NRW, Pembrokeshire County Council, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Milford Haven Port Authority, Marine and Coastguard Agency, Public Health Wales, Food Standards Agency.

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Fishguard: Sex offender caught trying to flee to Ireland

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A sex offender from Bow Street near Aberystwyth who tried to move to Ireland without telling anyone has been jailed.

Dennis Bull, aged 67, was caught trying to drive a van onto the Fishguard–Rosslare ferry with his belongings in the back ready for a new life in the Republic.

Bull, of Nirmit, admitted failing to comply with the conditions of registration as a sex offender and was jailed for 16 months.

Dyfed Thomas, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court it was the third time he had breached the order, imposed at Caernarfon crown court in February, 2016, for possessing indecent images of children.

That conviction was on top of earlier offending in New Zealand that included indecent exposure, outraging public decency and gross indecency with a child.

Mr Thomas said Bull had been jailed for 16 months in 2016 and ordered to register with the police. The restrictions imposed included a requirement to tell the police if he intended to change address.

On November 13 last year police at Fishguard harbour became aware of a Ford Mondeo registered to Bull.

A few minutes later Bull was arrested as he attempted to drive a van onto the Stenna ferry, which was loaded with household items.

Bull told the police he had made arrangements to move to Ireland “lock, stock and barrel” because he understood the monitoring of sex offenders was less strict.

In particular, said Mr Thomas, Bull did not like prospective employers being told about his convictions.

Judge Geraint Walters told Bull, “This was a planned and determined attempt to avoid detection. It was only the eagle eyes of the authorities that brought you to book.

“Your record is troubling and you present a risk of committing more offences of a sexual nature.

 “You are defiant of court orders that are there to protect others and it is truly disturbing that you are so keen to breach them.”

Bull was warned that the 2016 order remained in place for a further seven years.

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