Salmonella outbreak linked to lettuce in pre-packaged salads

| February 9, 2016

tripodlettuce2The Department of Health and Human Services in the state of Victoria, Australia has warned health professionals and consumers that the consumption of a range of Tripod Farmers pre-packaged salad products containing loose-leaf lettuce has been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella infection in the state.

According to press reports, as of 8 February, at least 62 cases of salmonellosis in Victoria have so far been linked to the outbreak, with a further 30 cases in other parts of the country also reportedly being investigated. There are also reports that Salmonella Anatum has been isolated from three samples of pre-packaged salad products.

Tripod Farmers has recalled about 30 different salad mix products with a range of use by dates, up to and including 14 February 2016, in response to the outbreak. Consumers are warned that these products have been widely distributed and are sold under a number of brand names through various outlets, including major supermarkets Coles and Woolworths. Two loose leaf products sold through Woolworths stores have also been recalled

More information from press reports can be found here and a health alert from the State Department of Health can be found here.

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