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.
See also: Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) linked to eggs (Food Standards Australia New Zealand)
Food alert for Salmonella linked to Angkor Bakery - February 2019
SA Health is investigating a cluster of Salmonella cases linked to three Angkor Bakery stores in the northern suburbs. SA Health authorised officers, in conjunction with local council Environmental Health Officers, have inspected stores at Springbank Plaza (Burton), Hollywood Plaza (Salisbury Downs) and Blakes Crossing (Blakeview).
There have been 11 confirmed cases of Salmonella, and of those confirmed cases nine people hospitalised, who have eaten Vietnamese rolls from the three bakeries.
Food and environmental samples have been collected from all stores and will assist in identifying the source of the contamination. Early investigations indicate the cases could be linked to raw egg butter, pate or BBQ pork ingredients.
People can have symptoms of Salmonella infection between six and 72 hours after exposure and symptoms usually last for three to seven days. These include fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, headaches, stomach cramps and loss of appetite. More severe symptoms may occur in young children, older people, pregnant women and people who are immunocompromised. Anyone who develops these symptoms and is concerned should see their doctor.
For more information on Salmonella, visit the Salmonella infection page.
Recall of Charlesworth Nuts products - December 2018
South Australian business Charlesworth Nuts is preparing a recall of a number of its products which contain diced dried apricot.
The recall will include the following Charlesworth products:
- White Apricot ‘n’ Honey Peanut Clusters 500g - best before 15 Jul 2019
- Almond 'n' Apricot Clusters 500g - best before 10 Jun 2019
- Grandma Charlesworth’s Christmas Cake “Bake at Home” - best before 2 Jun 2019
- Jolly Little Puddin’ Muffins “Bake at Home” - best before 2 Jun 2019
- Santa’s Favourite Puddings “Bake at Home” - best before 2 Jun 2019
- The Trendy Gourmet Gift Basket - best before 2 Apr 2019
- Cluster Collection 430g - best before 2 Jun 2019
- Cluster Collection 500g - best before 10 Jun 2019 and 15 Jul 2019
- Diced Dried Apricots 500g - best before 10 Jun 2019
No other Charlesworth Nuts products are affected by the recall.
Anyone who has purchased an affected product should check the “best before” date and return it for a full refund or call 8296 8366 for more information.
For health concerns, consumers should contact their GP or healthdirect Australia on 1800 022 222 or visit your GP.
Visit Food Standards Australia for more information about this recall.
For more information, read the Charlesworth Nuts — Diced Dried Apricots Recall FAQ (PDF 319KB).
Al Mina Mediterranean Patisserie baklava recall - November 2018
Two types of baklava produced and packaged by Al Mina Mediterranean Patisserie are being recalled because they contain allergens, including tree nuts, which are not included on the labelling.
The recalled products, produced and packaged by Al Mina Mediterranean Patisserie, are:
- Almond Baklava Triangle 250g
- Four Finger Baklava 200g
Anyone who has an allergy to pistachios should not eat the products. For people who don’t have an allergy to pistachios, the products are safe to be consumed.
While some tree nuts are declared in the list of product ingredients, pistachios are not, so SA Health urges anyone who has an allergy or any concerns not to consume these products and dispose of them or return them to place of purchase for a refund.
All food businesses are legally obliged to declare common allergens such as tree nuts which include pistachios on product labels because food allergies can cause a severe reaction, such as anaphylaxis, and can be life threatening.
SA Health recommends that anyone with an allergy should carefully read packaging labels and when eating out, always ask whether a menu item contains certain allergens.
The products are manufactured in South Australia and distributed state-wide to Foodland, IGA and a number of smaller independent supermarkets and takeaway shops.
SA Health became aware of the issue following a complaint by a consumer who reported an allergic reaction after eating Al Mina baklava. The consumer did not require hospitalisation.
Drakes Premium Gourmet Selection silverside recall - 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 - September 2018
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 - July 2018
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 - June 2018
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.