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Food recalls

A food recall is undertaken to remove food from distribution and sale that may pose a health or safety risk to consumers. Food recalls may be conducted at trade or consumer level depending upon the extent an implicated food has travelled through the food chain.

Food recalls are conducted by a food business when:

  • a food safety issue has been identified by the business
  • a particular food is found to be unsafe
  • food is labelled in a manner that may cause harm to a consumer.

Food recalls can be voluntarily initiated by a food business or enforced by SA Health’s Food Safety and Nutrition Branch in response to public health risks.

FOOD RECALL: DRAKES PREMIUM GOURMET SELECTION SILVERSIDE, see details below.

FSANZ FOOD RECALL REFERENCE: FSANZ 2018/70 (8 September 2018).

SUNSHINE SPROUTS is conducting a consumer level recall due to microbial (Salmonella) contamination. See the FSANZ website for product details.

Drakes Premium Gourmet Selection silverside recall

photo of recalled silverside from Drake's supermarkets South Australia in October 2018

South Australians, particularly pregnant women, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems, are advised not to consume pre-packed sliced silverside purchased from Drakes supermarkets following the detection of Listeria in the product.

The affected silverside is labelled Drakes Premium Gourmet Selection silverside, available for purchase at all Drakes supermarkets.  The silverside packets have a use-by date of 15 October 2018, and 5 November 2018. Drakes is working to remove any potentially affected product from supply today.

As a precaution, it is recommended that anyone who has purchased sliced silverside from Drakes to not eat it and either return it to the place of purchase, or discard it.

Listeria infection starts with flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, muscle aches, nausea, and sometimes diarrhoea. People can start experiencing symptoms within a few days, but they can take up to six weeks to appear after eating contaminated product. Those most at-risk include pregnant women and their unborn babies, newborn babies, the elderly, people of all ages with immune systems weakened by disease or illness, and anyone on medication that can suppress the immune system.

If symptoms develop, people are advised to see their GP. Those in the at-risk groups should consult their GP as early as possible if any symptoms appear.

At this stage there have been no cases of Listeria infection reported to SA Health linked to the product.

For more information, download the Frequently Asked Questions for consumers – Drakes Silverside recall (PDF 293KB).

Strawberry alert

Investigations into cases of contaminated strawberries remain ongoing.  Please ensure you cut strawberries before eating them. All reports of fraudulent contamination are being investigated by police to confirm the validity of the complaint.

Police continue to work with their interstate colleagues to help resolve the issues that have impacted Strawberry products.

If you come across any food containing a foreign object, notify your local council or SA Health at 8226 7100 as soon as possible.  Any reports considered to be criminal or fraudulent will be referred to South Australia Police (SAPOL) for investigation. Anyone who eats a contaminated product should seek medical attention immediately.

Police strongly advise that it is an extremely serious offence to contaminate food products and to do so can have obvious dangers for others.  In addition, anyone making a false report in relation to food contamination can face imprisonment for up to two years – don’t take advantage of the current situation.

The strawberry industry and food retailers are working with SA Health regulators to ensure the safety of the food supply.

Remember: SA Health recommend that strawberries are cut before consuming them. Chop before you chomp!

Frozen vegetable product recalls

A precautionary recall is underway of several frozen vegetable products due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. While properly cooked frozen vegetables will be safe to eat, the risk to vulnerable populations of eating uncooked or under cooked frozen vegetables is serious. If you have any product you should dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.

Visit Food Standards Australia for a complete list of products in this recall.

SA Sprouts alfalfa sprout products recall

SA Health is advising anyone who has purchased the recalled SA Sprouts alfalfa sprouts products to return them to the place of purchase for a refund, or throw them away.

For further information, see the FAQs below or visit Food Standards SA Sprouts.

Consumer frequently asked questions

What particular brand and types of sprouts are affected?

SA Sprouts (Mile End) have been identified as the source of the outbreak and these products have been recalled:

  • Alfalfa (125g and 200g tubs, 1kg bags)
  • Green alfalfa (125g tubs)
  • Alfalfa and radish (125g tubs)
  • Alfalfa and onion (125g tubs)
  • Alfalfa and mustard (125g tubs)
  • Alfalfa and Chinese cabbage (125g tubs)
  • Alfalfa and garlic (125g tubs)
  • Salad mix (175g tubs)
  • Gourmet sprouts (100g trio pack with alfalfa, snow pea, small sprouted bean)

Consumers are asked to check their fridges for any of these SA Sprouts (Mile End) products and dispose of them or return them to where they were purchased.

What type of sprouts are you talking about?

Only alfalfa and mixed sprout varieties containing alfalfa sprouts are affected. Mung bean sprouts, snow pea sprouts, or mixed varieties without alfalfa sprouts are not affected. Brussel sprouts are also not affected.

Why have sprouts caused an outbreak in SA again?

Many types of raw, ready to eat horticulture products are considered high risk including seeded sprouts such as alfalfa sprouts, onion sprouts, mustard sprouts, garlic sprouts, radish sprouts, Chinese cabbage sprouts and mung bean sprouts. Sprouts have caused large outbreaks both here in SA and internationally.

SA Health always recommends that sprouts should not be consumed by immunocompromised people because they are such a potentially risky food.

What do you mean by a “potentially risky food”?

A potentially risky food is a food that always carries some risk of contamination hence the advice about not serving to immunocompromised people. It does not mean that this type of food is always contaminated but has a higher chance of contamination.

What do you mean by “immunocompromised people”?

People who may have a lower immune system that may not protect them from small amounts of bacteria e.g. elderly people, pregnant women, very young children, diabetics, people with cancer or suppressed immune systems.

Can I cook them to make them safe?

No - alfalfa sprouts are not robust enough to withstand cooking temperatures.

Is washing raw alfalfa sprouts enough to remove the Salmonella?

No - washing will not be enough to remove the Salmonella.

I still want to eat them raw so is there anything I can do to help minimise the risk?

The risk of food poisoning from sprouts is always a possibility, but it can be reduced by storing them in a fridge (5oC or less) and using them before the Use By Date on the packet (if present). 

Are there any of the affected alfalfa sprouts left that I shouldn’t purchase from supermarkets or grocers?

All of the affected product from SA Sprouts (Mile End) should have been removed from supermarkets and grocers as part of the recall. If you are unsure, check with the manager at the supermarket or grocer.

What about cafes and restaurants, is it ok to eat sprouts served there?

Yes, any alfalfa sprouts served at cafes and restaurants should be from unaffected sprout producers. If you are unsure, check with the manager to confirm they were aware of the recall.

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