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Swedish dairy product yields unwelcome condom surprise

David Landes · 16 Mar 2011, 10:13

Published: 16 Mar 2011 10:13 GMT+01:00

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"Mamma was shocked and I couldn't eat for two days," the woman's daughter Milica told the Expressen newspaper.

Milica's mother discovered the unsavoury additive last Monday as she was pouring the last drops of the container of filmjölk, a sour-tasting fermented milk product popular in Sweden, to give to her dog.

In addition to the remaining creamy, yoghurt-like liquid, a condom, its packaging, a pink-coloured plastic ring, and a receipt squirted out into the dog's dish.

Milica told Expressen neither she nor her mother were able to eat for days after the incident, which took place in their flat in Gunnilse, northwest of Gothenburg.

"She's started to eat again, but she's never going to buy filmjölk again," she said.

According to Milica, a customer service representative from Arla Foods - the Scandinavian dairy cooperative which produced the filmjölk - told her that her mother's discovery was "impossible".

The Arla rep theorised that someone in Milica's home may have placed the condom in the package as a prank, something which she says couldn't have happened.

The package has since been sent to Arla for analysis, but spokesperson Katarina Malmström is doubtful that the condom ended up in the filmjölk during the packaging process.

"It's impossible…there's not a chance" she told The Local.

"It's a closed process and there are filters and things that would stop something so large from ending up in a container."

Nevertheless, the company is taking Milica's complaint seriously.

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"The first thing we need to do is confirm what exactly was in the package," said Malmström, who theorised that the incident could have been the result of sabotage.

"We haven't had a chance to speak with the customer about whether or not the seal on the screw top was broken or not when she opened the package," she said.

According to Malmström, it will likely be several days before technicians at the company will have any answers regarding when and how the condom and the other items ended up in the package.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:13 March 16, 2011 by William Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha
I've always viewed this stuff with suspicion. Now we all know how they get that creamy, unpalatable consistency.
12:55 March 16, 2011 by Rap43
Well, clearly it is just a simple screw-up.
13:03 March 16, 2011 by HYBRED
I guess if it was a ekologisk condom it would be okay. I hate when they try and pass off non-eko as eko.
14:57 March 16, 2011 by SweAbroad
Receipt?! Then they should be able to find out whether the stuff was put in the container before or after it left the factory, using the production batch-id.

This reminds me of when small pieces of glass were found in some packages of chicken, a few years ago in Sweden. The packages were not from the same producers, and were all found within a few weeks.

Knowing the regulations of the food industry, I think it seems extremely unlikely that all that stuff came into the package at any other point than after it had been shipped out from the plant.
15:25 March 16, 2011 by muscle
may be the bull behind the cow was wearing a condom. and it dropped :)
18:17 March 16, 2011 by GLO
Yes, that has to be it.....
18:42 March 16, 2011 by mojofat
Oye, I wondered where I left that!
18:47 March 16, 2011 by Keith #5083
where is Swedesmith's comment?
19:05 March 16, 2011 by eZee.se
Are they milking cows or bulls in that farm??
19:27 March 16, 2011 by Swedesmith
Sorry, Keith, I was too busy having sex with a cow.
19:59 March 16, 2011 by Zala Russe
But was the condom ripped, and anyway what flavour was it?
20:15 March 16, 2011 by Arturio
Are you sure that it was really a sour milk? make some analysis to be sure.
20:42 March 16, 2011 by Zala Russe
I was going to suggest the flavour was beef jerky, but modesty prevented me from making such a coarse suggestion :O
21:22 March 16, 2011 by diegoveggie
that filjmolk wasnt actually filjmolk)
22:47 March 16, 2011 by Tanskalainen
gulp, gulp, slurp, glup, glup......(she told her husband it tasted familiar)
23:42 March 16, 2011 by mikewhite
So what's Assange's excuse this time ...
00:04 March 17, 2011 by Rizwan Rahim
u guys r simply enjoying the news,,,good ones indeed.
00:27 March 17, 2011 by babarizam
Where is my Condom . i forgot it somewhere...............
00:43 March 17, 2011 by Keith #5083

not one of Julian's herd I hope
01:50 March 17, 2011 by Tanskalainen
I've been drinking this swill for years and I never got a free prize!
05:36 March 17, 2011 by volvoman9
10:58 March 17, 2011 by mieoux
I would be upset too because I don't swallow.
16:11 March 17, 2011 by stillwatersrd
The word 'unwelcome' in the title of the article wasn't really necessary to get me to read it, or for that matter, 'surprise'. It could have just said, "Swedish Dairy Product Yields Condom".
18:03 March 17, 2011 by tombby11
Now i know how they put flavours in the yoghurt
23:08 March 17, 2011 by LeoKinmann
so the milk came from the bull, not the cow!
14:15 March 18, 2011 by DJECKY
Really i beleive also that the Bull must hv been using condoms in the farm.since condoms are widely adviced to be used now our days.
14:27 March 18, 2011 by T Murphy
Liquid food production is pretty clean since it gets filtered pretty regularly. Bulk ground foods are where one usually finds the odd bits and pieces of process piping valve seats and packing and machinery shavings since it squeezes through the screens.

Why are we not given "Mamma's" name or Milica's last name?

Call my question racist if you must but I've seen this at least thirty times here in the States - each and every time it was a it's been a foreigner wanting to collect a check.
18:36 March 18, 2011 by Archie1954
Always look on the bright side, she may have a famous condom in her possession, you know the one that Julian Assange didn't use.
21:58 March 21, 2011 by Da Goat
Mama is pretty blonde to expect Arla to include not only a condom but its packaging also a plastic ring and a receipt that is much to much to expect, she would be better to question Papa or brother as to their activities when she is not looking.

my guess is papa is the bull servicing the neighbour cow and needed a quick hiding place for the evidence while shuffling her out the back door! despite the bellow for Moooo-oorrre
23:48 March 22, 2011 by Fascmouse
Interesting... on the same day, a story about Swedes abusing animals as sex objects AND a condom in a carton of milk. What are the odds?! :-D
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