The bath milk contains raw, or unpasteurised, milk and is sold in one and two litre varieties.
“If you have this product, do not drink it in any circumstances. Return it to the place of purchase for a full refund,” ACCC deputy chair, Delia Rickard, said
In Australia, the sale of raw cow’s milk for consumption is illegal however the ACCC understands that some people do consume the product despite it being marketed as a bath milk.
“The recalled product is called Organic Bath Milk and labelling indicates that it is a cosmetic product. It also carries a warning that the product is not suitable for human consumption,” Ms Rickard said.
“Nevertheless, this product is sold in containers that resemble commonly used milk containers, and four children under the age of five have fallen ill after drinking contaminated raw milk in the last few weeks, while the death of the three-year-old has been referred to the coroner.”
The ACCC is leading a national investigation of consumer law regulators into possible breaches of the Australian Consumer Law by sellers of raw milk when sold as a cosmetic product.
Regulators will consider issues including whether product labels mislead consumers; whether the sellers’ obligation to provide safe goods has been met and whether voluntary or mandatory changes will address health concerns.