Health authorities have urged people to stay away from a series of products containing recalled baby spinach as reports of illness mount across the country.
On Sunday, Queensland Health reported that a child was admitted to hospital overnight but has since been discharged.
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Four brands have recalled spinach products, citing cases of possible food-related toxic reactions. They are:
- Riviera Fresh: Riviera Farms Baby Spinach
- Fresh Salad Co: Fresh and Fast Stir Fry
- Woolworths: Chicken Cobb Salad and Chickpea Falafel Salad
- Coles: Spinach, Chef Blend Tender Leaf, Baby Leaf Blend, Kitchen Green Goddess Salad, Kitchen Chicken BLT Salad Bowl, Kitchen Roast Pumpkin, Fetta & Walnut Salad, Kitchen Smokey Mexican Salad, Kitchen Egg and Spinach Pots
The full list of affected baby spinach products is available on Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) website and the community is urged to check regularly for updates. More products may be recalled as investigations continue.
Reported symptoms include:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Delirium or confusion
- Blurred vision
- Dilated pupils
- Flushed face
- Dry mouth and skin
State health authorities are working together on the issue.
Queensland Health has reported 11 cases to date, while ACT Health is investigating several potential cases in the territory. It has been reported that almost 50 people in NSW have fallen ill, while almost a dozen in Victoria may have been affected.
Coles recalled eleven products “as a precaution” on Saturday, sold in Coles Supermarkets, Coles Local, Coles Express and through Coles Online in NSW, Victoria, ACT, Queensland, Northern Territory and South Australia.
The products have use-by dates between December 17 and 23.
The Coles move follows the recall of Riviera Farms baby spinach sold at Costco issued last week after dozens of people became ill.
On Saturday, a fresh stir-fry mix sold in ALDI supermarkets across Victoria was also recalled over fears it could cause illness as it may contain unsafe plant material.
Food Standards Australia issued a recall notice for Fresh Salad Co’s Fresh and Fast Stir Fry Mix 450g, with a use-by date of December 24. The affected products have been available for purchase since December 8.
Woolworths has also recalled its Woolworths Chicken Cobb Salad 270g with a use-by date of December 20 and the Woolworths Chickpea Falafel Salad 290g with the use-by dates of December 20 and December 22.
Both recalls were over fears the products may have been contaminated with “unsafe plant material” and could make people ill, the supermarket said.
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