Salmonella warning: 7 people hospitalised

Alfalfa

Several people have been hospitalised with salmonella, prompting a warning for South Australians not to eat alfalfa sprouts products from Adelaide’s SA Sprout.

Pregnant women and children are among those more at risk of severe illness from salmonella. SA Health’s Chief Public Health Officer Professor Paddy Phillips has confirmed 21 recent cases of Salmonella havana, including seven people who were hospitalised.

Alfalfa spouts salmonella outbreak

“We are advising anyone who has purchased the recalled SA Sprouts alfalfa sprouts products to return them to the place of purchase for a refund, or throw them away,” Professor Phillips said.

“We also want to alert cafes and restaurants to check their suppliers and not serve any SA Sprouts alfalfa sprout products until further notice.

“In cases of salmonella, a common food source is not often identified, however, a joint investigation between SA Health, local government and Primary Industries and Resources SA (PIRSA) has linked these cases to SA Sprout’s alfalfa sprouts. We are working closely with the producer and suppliers while we continue to investigate.”

What products are affected?

SA Sprouts products are sold at Drakes Foodland, IGA and numerous greengrocers.

Products included in the recall are:

  • alfalfa (125g and 200g tubs, 1kg bags)
  • green alfalfa (125g tubs)
  • alfalfa and radish (125g tubs)
  • alfalfa and onion (125g tubs)
  • alfalfa and mustard (125g tubs)
  • alfalfa and Chinese cabbage (125g tubs)
  • alfalfa and garlic (125g tubs)
  • salad mix (175g tubs)
  • gourmet sprouts (100g trio pack with alfalfa, snow pea, small sprouted bean)

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of salmonella infection can be experienced between six and 72 hours after exposure and symptoms usually last for three to seven days.

Symptoms include:

  • fever
  • diarrhoea
  • vomiting
  • headaches
  • stomach cramps
  • loss of appetite

Anyone who develops these symptoms and is concerned should see their doctor, particularly young children, older people, pregnant women and people who are immunocompromised because they are at risk of more severe illness.

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