Error at Portland H.P. Hood plant puts skim milk into whole milk containers

Posted July 31, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — An error at H.P. Hood’s Portland milk packaging plant caused the plant to mistakenly fill whole milk gallon containers with skim milk for about a half hour, putting an unknown amount of the incorrectly labeled milk out to markets in the area, a company spokesperson confirmed Thursday.

Sarah Barow, a Hood spokesperson, said that the company is notifying its customers of the mislabeling of milk with the expiration date of Aug. 9, 2014, plant code 23-03 and timestamped between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m.

That information is printed on the neck of the gallon jugs.

“It’s just a withdrawal and there are no health concerns,” Barow said.

She said she didn’t know how much milk went out improperly labeled but that the problem was limited to its Portland plant. It will replace mislabeled milk for customers and give a refund to retailers who received it.