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First lawsuits filed for tainted milk in Camden, NJ, schools

The first lawsuits were filed against a Connecticut dairy for allowing tainted milk to be served to young children in the Camden School District last Wednesday.

Milk from the Guida-Seibert Dairy was contaminated with disinfectant and sickened up to 30 children who attended early childhood development centers at Yorkship Family School and Veterans Memorial Family School.

The Lento Law Group of Mount Laurel is representing three mothers whose children drank milk and had to be taken to hospital for “severe stomach pains and cramps”, according to the lawsuit.

Lawyers are seeking to have the lawsuit declared a class action, so it can be joined by parents or guardians of other children who were sickened by the tainted milk.

A spokesperson for the law firm told NJ.com that no parent should have to worry about the safety of the food served to their children at school and that the lawsuit should “be a warning sign.” alarm to all milk processors and catering companies serving schools that their negligence could injure young children and cause long-term negative health issues.

The lawsuit was filed last Friday in federal court.

Guida-Seibert Dairy officials did not respond to the complaint, but confirmed in a statement last week that “a water-diluted food-grade sanitizer was inadvertently introduced during production.”

School district officials posted a series of social media posts after the incident, saying the substance was “a non-toxic, consumable disinfectant that runs through the vendor’s machines.”

Parents who have concerns should contact their primary care physician or visit a medical clinic, according to the Camden County Health Department. They can also call the county hotline at 856-549-0530 with any questions.

Eric Scott is the senior policy director and anchor of New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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