Devondale pulls UHT milk off shelves after customers complain of faecal smell

A batch of milk has been pulled from supermarket shelves after customers complained it smelled of cow faeces. 

Devondale customers reported the unpleasant odour emanating from the brand’s two-litre long life milk cartons. 

A Devondale spokesman confirmed the company received calls about what he termed a "variation in the sensory profile of a small batch of production". 

But the milk did not pose health risks to those who drank it, the spokesman said. 

"Food safety and quality is Murray Goulburn's number one priority and all products are rigorously tested before leaving our production sites," he said.

One customer with whom the Bendigo Advertiser spoke said she spent a week detecting the smell of cow manure before phoning its manufacturer.

Devondale offered her a gift voucher to replace the milk, the woman said. 

The affected milk has best before dates of December 20 and December 22, 2017. 

Devondale could not confirm which of its plants processed the milk.