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Queenslanders may be affected by contaminated lettuce

The following statement may be attributed to Sophie Dwyer, Queensland Health Executive Director, Health Protection Branch

Queensland Health has advised of an immediate food recall of pre-packed lettuce products (including baby spinach, baby rocket, cos and kale) grown and distributed by the Victorian-based company Tripod Farmers.

The recall comes after an increased number of Salmonella anatum cases in Victoria.

At this stage, we have been advised that the recalled product was not distributed to Coles and Woolworths supermarkets in Queensland.

However, the products are distributed to some trade outlets in Queensland and a number of businesses are affected.

A list of affected outlets can be found at http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx

Queensland Health is liaising with companies who may have incorporated the recalled product into other foods sold to the public.

We are receiving frequent updates from Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) and the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria regarding increased numbers of Salmonella anatum, linked to the recall.

Salmonella anatum in Queensland

Food products contaminated with Salmonella may cause illness if consumed.

Since 1 January 2016, Queensland Health has been notified of eight (8) cases of Salmonella anatum. We are currently investigating whether these cases of infection are related to the recalled products.

There may be other cases of Salmonella anatum that have not been notified to Queensland Health, because the patient has not sought medical advice or been tested for Salmonella anatum.

Recall of pre-packed lettuce products

We advise Queenslanders should not consume the recalled products. These products should be disposed of or returned to the place of purchase. If you become ill, please seek medical advice.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection include fever, headache, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Symptoms usually develop six to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria, but sometimes up to two weeks.

Symptoms typically last between four and seven days but can sometimes last much longer.

Salmonella can make some people (particularly young children, older people, and people with impaired immune systems) seriously ill.

Consumers seeking information should visit the FSANZ website:www.foodstandards.gov.au/industry/foodrecalls/recalls

Last updated: 5 February 2016