Nationwide recall after lettuce linked to salmonella
PREPACKAGED lettuce varieties from Coles and Woolworths have been recalled nationwide after being linked to a salmonella outbreak in Victoria.
The voluntary consumer recall was initiated by Bacchus Marsh-based company Tripod farmers yesterday, on advice from the Victorian Health Department following detection of salmonella in 3 product samples.
As reported by ABC, there have been 28 salmonella cases so far this year, and the lettuce was the common source.
Managing director of Tripod Famers Pty Ltd Frank Ruffo said the company was working closely with health authorities in the interests of public safety.
"We are shocked at the test results because we put public safety first and foremost and comply with all Australian health and safety standards.
"We will be doing everything within our power to determine how this has happened," Mr Ruffo said.
Tripod Farmers supplies pre-packaged leafy vegetable products to major supermarkets and wholesale.
While the recall was issued for products with best-before dates leading up to and including February 14, Coles has said their products with a use-by date after February 11, 2016 from VIC, NSW, ACT, NT and SA stores only.
Coles said any of their salad mixes with a use-by date on or after February 12, 2016 were safe to consume.
The recalled products are:
Wash N Toss Watercress, 100g, Best Before 14/02/2016
Wash N Toss Sorrel, 50g, Best Before 14/02/2016
Wash N Toss Baby Cos, 100g, Best Before 14/02/2016
Wash N Toss Baby Spinach, 100g, Best Before 14/02/2016
Wash N Toss Salad Mix, 100g, Best Before 14/02/2016
Wash N Toss Wild Rocket, 100g, Best Before 14/02/2016
Wash N Toss Kale, 100g, Best Before 14/02/2016
Woolworths Baby Spinach, 100g Best Before 10/02/2016
Woolworths Baby Rocket, 100g, Best Before 10/02/2016
Woolworths Gourmet Mix, 100g, Best Before 10/02/2016
Coles Australian Baby Spinach, 60g, Best Before 11/02/2016
Coles Australian Baby Rocket, 60g, Best Before 11/02/2016
Coles Australian Baby Rocket, 120g Best Before 11/02/2016
Coles Australian Spinach & Rocket, 120g Best Before 11/02/2016
Coles Australian Baby Spinach, 120g, Best Before 11/02/2016
Coles Australian 4 Leaf Salad, 120g Best Before 11/02/2016
Coles Australian 4 Leaf Salad, 200g Best Before 11/02/2016
Supa Salad Supamix, 180g, Best Before 14/02/2016