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National recall of spinach product

18 December 2022

Queensland Health is urging people not to consume a number of baby spinach products following cases of possible food-related toxic reactions reported across the state.

There are 11 possible cases in Queensland to date. This includes a child admitted to hospital overnight but since discharged.

The potential contamination with an unsafe plant material prompted the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to issue a national recall advising consumers to not eat the spinach and dispose of it immediately.

Queensland Health will continue to investigate the issue together with the state’s Food Authority and other jurisdictions.

Anyone who may have been exposed to any of the recalled products should call the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26.

Queenslanders experiencing unusual and/or severe symptoms should seek immediate medical attention by visiting an emergency department or call Triple Zero (000) in the event of an emergency.

Reported symptoms include:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Hallucinations
  • Delirium or confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Dilated pupils
  • Flushed face
  • Dry mouth and skin
  • Fever

Affected baby spinach products are listed on the FSANZ website and will be updated if necessary.

Last updated: 18 December 2022