26 September 2023

Salad warning as contamination found

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The Department for Health and Wellbeing has issued a warning to South Australian citizens, in particular pregnant women, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems, not to consume six Crudo and Bocadilla products branded by Raw Nation Wholefoods.

The Department circulated its warning after its Food Safety and Regulation Branch received confirmation of Listeria monocytogenes present in various Crudo salads.

The Department said Raw Nation Wholefoods initiated the precautionary recall of the affected salads in the marketplace and was working with SA Health and the City of Port Adelaide Enfield to isolate the source of the contamination.

The Department said the recalled affected products included Crudo Cheekie Pumpkin 275g; Crudo Jamaican Jerk 250g; Crudo Chicken Caesar 200g; Crudo Oriental Chicken 275g; Crudo Vietnamese Bowl 275g; and Bocadilla Classic Chicken Pasta 275g.

The affected products have use-by dates of 31 August 2022, 1 September 2022, 2 September 2022 and 3 September 2022 and are sold through food retailers including Coles, IGA, Foodland, X Convenience and independent retailers.

“This recall affects South Australia only,” the Department said.

“While all affected products have now been removed from store shelves, anyone who has purchased these products is advised to not eat them, and either return it to the place of purchase, or discard it,” the Department said.

Acting Director of Food Safety and Regulation in the Department, Alessia Centofanti advised anyone with symptoms consistent with Listeria infection to see their GP.

“Listeria can have serious health implications for vulnerable members of our community, particularly pregnant women, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems,” Ms Centofanti said.

“We will continue to work with Raw Nations Wholefoods and City of Port Adelaide Enfield to isolate the source of the contamination,” she said.

“To date, there have been no cases of listeriosis notified to the Communicable Disease Control Branch linked to this product.”

The Department said the symptoms of Listeria infection included fever, chills, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, neck stiffness and gradual onset of confusion.

“People can start experiencing symptoms within a few days, but symptoms can take up to six weeks to appear after eating contaminated product,” the Department said.

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