Baby spinach recall: Child in hospital while Coles, Aldi, Woolworths and Costco pull vegetables from sale
A child has spent the night in hospital after eating a load of poisonous baby spinach, causing hallucinations, palpitations and delirium in more than 100 people.
The child, who has since been discharged, was admitted to a Brisbane hospital on Saturday night and was one of 11 Queenslanders affected by the contamination.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) issued another warning on Sunday, revealing that the contaminated spinach “appears to be from a single source”.
FSANZ issued a nationwide recall, advising customers not to eat the baby spinach and toss it out instead.
“Previous research suggests that the baby spinach has been contaminated with unsafe plant material, it doesn’t appear to be associated with pesticides; However, the investigation is ongoing,” a FSANZ spokesman told Daily Mail Australia.
“Once the containment was identified, FSANZ worked closely with the supplier and affected companies, all of whom have been cooperative in supporting this recall matter.”
Nearly 100 consumers reported symptoms such as hallucinations and rapid heartbeat. Pictured is an archive image of a pack of spinach
Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, Costco and Riviera Farms recalled all baby spinach products this week after more than 100 consumers reported a range of worrying symptoms, including hallucinations and a rapid heartbeat.
Ausveg, the top vegetable industry association, appealed to consumers to comply with the recalls but not avoid spinach products altogether.
The top panel said it was working “through the supply chain with relevant jurisdictions to ensure all other affected products are identified”.
She urged customers to return the contaminated products to where they bought them for a full refund.
Any consumer who is concerned about their health after consuming any of the affected products should seek medical advice and inform their local state health agency of the incident.
Coles recalled several own-brand spinach products with use-by dates between December 17 and 22 from stores in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, NT, ACT and Tasmania on Saturday, after similar recalls were issued in other supermarkets on Friday.
Coles has joined Woolworths, CostCo, Aldi and Riviera Farms to recall potentially contaminated spinach products
Woolworths has recalled two salad products containing the potentially contaminated spinach as people report possible toxic reactions
Aldi has also recalled co-brand The Fresh Salad 450g packs of Fresh & Fast Stir Fry from Victorian stores with a sell-by date up to and including December 24.
NSW Health said it was working with other jurisdictions to investigate the issue.
As of Saturday night, 88 people in NSW had reported symptoms after eating baby spinach, at least 33 of whom had sought medical attention.
Eight people have fallen ill after eating the contaminated spinach in Victoria.
Woolworths Chickpea Falafel 290g (ID 218371) with use by dates of December 20th and December 22nd should also be discarded
Woolworths Chicken Cobb Salad 270g (ID 218366) with a best before date of December 20th should be discarded
“The health and safety of our consumers is a top priority for our industry,” Chief Executive Michael Coote said in a statement.
“We therefore urge consumers to follow the advice in the recall notices and seek medical advice if you have any concerns about your health.
“Australian consumers can rest assured that all other spinach and lettuce products currently on retail shelves are unaffected by the recall.”
SPINACH SYMPTOMS TO WATCH OUT FOR:
delirium or confusion
Dry mouth and skin
On Friday, Woolworths recalled its Chicken Cobb Salad product with a best before date of December 20 and Woolworths Chickpea Falafel with a best before date of December 20 and 22 from stores in Victoria, NSW, ACT and Tasmania.
“Woolworths has initiated a recall due to possible contamination with unsafe plant material,” the company said.
“Foods containing unsafe plant material can cause disease if eaten.”
The urgent recalls for packaged baby spinach began after dozens of people reported worrying symptoms from eating the contaminated product.
Authorities believe the product may have been accidentally contaminated, leading to possible toxic reactions such as hallucinations and delirium.
Riviera Farms said it has contacted all of its 20 baby spinach customers to issue the recall.
“We have worked proactively and transparently with our customers and regulators,” a Riviera spokesman said in a statement.
Riviera Farms said its only direct major retail customer is Costco.
The national recall covers bags of spinach sold through Costco in NSW, Victoria and the ACT with best before dates of December 16th through December 28th.
Customers concerned about exposure to spinach should call the poison control center, while anyone experiencing unusual and severe symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.
RECALLED SPINACH PRODUCTS
Cole’s baby spinach 60g
Coles Salad Spinach 120g
Coles Salad Family Baby Spinach 280g
Coles Chef Blend Tender Leaf Blend 150g
Cole’s Australian Salad Family Baby Leaf Blend 300g
Coles Kitchen Green Goddess Salad 300g
Coles Kitchen Roasted Pumpkin Fetta & Walnut Salad 265g
Coles Kitchen Chicken BLT Salad Bowl 240g
Coles Kitchen Mexican Smoked Salad 280g
Coles Kitchen Salads Green Goddess Salad 250g
Coles Kitchens Egg and Spinach Pots 100g
Woolworths Chicken Cobb Salad 270g with a best before date of December 20th
Woolworths Chickpea Falafel 290g with an expiry date of 20th December and 22nd December
Co-branded The Fresh Salad Fresh & Fast Stir Fry 450g packs with best before dates up to and including 24th December from Victorian shops
Bags of spinach sold in NSW, Victoria and the ACT with a best before date of 16th December to 28th December inclusive
Riviera Farms Baby Spinach
FRESH SALAD CO
Fresh and quick pan dishes
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