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Salmonella Scare Spreads To Alfalfa Sprouts

by Andrew Thomson on September 9, 2018


Health authorities in South Australians are warning the public to not eat alfalfa sprout products produced by Adelaide business Sunshine Sprouts after several people became ill with salmonella poisoning.

SA Health’s Chris Lease said there had been spike in cases of Salmonella Oranienburg, with eight confirmed cases in the past month, compared with eight for all of last year.

Dr Lease said test results received this morning traced the outbreak to Sunshine Sprouts alfalfa sprouts products.

A voluntary recall of the company’s products is already underway.

“We also want to alert cafes and restaurants to check their suppliers and not serve any of the affected Sunshine Sprouts alfalfa sprout products until further notice,” Dr Lease said.

“In cases of salmonella, a common food source is not often identified, however testing of retail product confirmed its presence in a variety of alfalfa sprout products.”

Sunshine Sprouts products are sold at Coles, Foodland, IGA and numerous greengrocers.

Products included in the recall are:

• Alfalfa & Broccoli 125g

• Alfalfa & Garlic 125g

• Alfalfa & Mustard 125g

• Alfalfa & Onion 125g

• Alfalfa & Radish 125g

• Alfalfa & Chinese Cabbage 125g

• Gourmet Pack 100g

• Green Alfalfa 125g

• White Alfalfa 125g, 250g, 1kg

Adelaide business SA Sprouts was the subject of a product recall in June after more than 20 people became ill, including seven ­people who were admitted to hospital with salmonella poisoning.