ACT Chief Health Officer, Dr Paul Kelly today advised the community to be aware of an outbreak of salmonella gastroenteritis in Victoria, which has been linked to pre-packaged salad products grown and distributed by the Victorian-based company Tripod Farmer.
ACT Health is working closely with the Commonwealth and other jurisdictions to monitor the situation.
The affected products are pre-packaged salad leaves that have use-by-dates on or before 14th February 2016. They are sold through Coles and Woolworths supermarkets under a range of product names. These products have been distributed nationally, including into the ACT.
“ACT Health is advising that this product should not be consumed. Consumers should return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund, or they should dispose of it,” Dr Kelly said.
“Salmonellosis is caused by the bacteria Salmonella. Symptoms of infection include diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea, fever, vomiting and headache. These symptoms usually start within 12 to 36 hours after exposure to the bacteria and most people are sick for 4 to 7 days.
“Anyone who may have consumed these products which have been recalled and is concerned about their health should seek medical advice from their general practitioner.
“There has not been a spike in the number of Salmonella cases in the ACT this year, as has been seen in Victoria. The ACT Health Protection Service has not identified any cases with the implicated strain of Salmonella in the Victorian outbreak (Salmonella anatum) this year,” Dr Kelly said.
Important information about the products being recalled is available on the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand website: http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/industry/foodrecalls/recalls/Pages/Pre-packaged-salad-leaves.aspx
Important information about Salmonellosis is available at: http://www.health.act.gov.au/datapublications/fact-sheets/communicable-diseases#Salmonella