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Nationwide salad leaves recall extends to Lite n’ Easy and 7-Eleven products
Lite n’ Easy have issued a recall notice for some of their products containing lettuce amid a national recall for some pre-packed salad leaf products sold in Woolworths and Coles.
The recall was issued for a selection of products grown and distributed by the Victorian-based company Tripod Farmers, following confirmation of a number of cases of salmonella infection.
Lite N’ Easy has advised customers not to eat the salad component in three of their Popular Lunch products, and in an Option Lunch.
Sandwiches at 7-Eleven have also been recalled.
The salad leaves are sold through both Coles and Woolworths supermarkets and includes brands such as; Coles 4 Leaf Mix, Woolworths salad mix, SupaSalad Supamix and Wash N Toss salad mix.
All these products have best before dates leading up to and including February 14. Products with best before dates after that date have been deemed safe.
The Department of Health and Human Services Senior Medical Advisor Dr Finn Romanes said people with these products should return them to the place of purchase or discard them.
Dr Romanes said the links between the product and illness in Victorians had been made because of a higher than usual number of cases of the Salmonella anatum strain.
“Normally we only see a handful of cases of this strain each year, but so far this year there have been 28 adult cases of Salmonella anatum – mostly adults – notified to the Department,” he said.
“Tests of three products from two batches have also tested positive for Salmonella anatum bacterium.”
Tripod Farmers is issuing a national voluntary product recall for these products with ongoing testing and monitoring of all products from the company.
Coles has announced it has taken immediate steps to remove the affected products from its shelves in Victoria, New South Wales, the Northern Territory and South Australia, but said its customers in Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania would not be affected.
Woolworths has confirmed all affected customers will be given a full refund.
“Woolworths takes customer safety very seriously. Following advice from Victoria Health relating to a number of cases of Salmonella anatum strain potentially resulting from consuming products from a supplier to Woolworths, Tripod farms, we will be recalling five salad produces with use by dates on or before 14 February,” a Woolworths spokesperson said.
NSW Health has not reported any cases in the state linked to consumption of the lettuce products.
The NSW Food Authority has urged anyone who has purchased the below products to not consume it and return it to the place of purchase for a refund.
Salmonella is a form of gastroenteritis, and can affect anyone.
Symptoms usually occur between six to 72 hours after the bacteria is ingested.
Common symptoms include diarrhoea, fever, headache, stomach cramps, and vomiting, and dehydration, especially among infants and the elderly.
Dozens have already fallen ill in Victoria after consuming the products, with authorities warning there may be many more cases.
FULL LIST OF RECALLED PRODUCTS
Woolworths Spinach 100gm
Woolworths Rocket 100gm
Woolworths Salad Mix 100gm
Wash N Toss Watercress 100gm
Wash N Toss Sorrell 50gm
Wash N Toss Baby Cos 100gm
Wash N Toss Spinach 100gm
Wash N Toss Salad Mix 100gm
Wash N Toss Rocket 100gm
Wash N Toss Kale 100gm
Coles Spinach 60gm
Coles Rocket 60gm
Coles Rocket 120gm
Coles Spinach and Rocket 120gm
Coles Spinach 120gm
Coles 4Leaf 120gm
Coles 4Leaf 200gm
SupaSalad Green Coral 180gm
SupaSalad Supamix 1kg
SupaSalad Spinach 1kg
SupaSalad Rocket 1kg
SupaSalad Baby Cos 1kg
SupaSalad Spinach 180kg
Published by: Nine News.com 5/2/16