Pre packaged Lettuce and salad sold in Australian supermarkets Coles, Woolworths and Bi-Lo and other grocers has been recalled on fears of possible salmonella outbreak. The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services announced that the lettuce grown and packaged by Victorian company Tripod Farmers has been found as the major reason for the salmonella outbreak that has put two people in hospital. The authorities has issued an urgent recall for these pre packaged lettuce after the outbreak reported. The affected product is put on sales at Coles, Woolworths, Bi-Lo and other grocers as Coles 4 Leaf Mix, Woolworths salad mix, SupaSalad Supamix and Wash N Toss salad mix.
These pre packaged lettuces have best before dates up to February 14 and is stocked in stores across Australia, except for Western Australia and Tasmania. During regular inspections the health department found out high levels of salmonella anatum strain infections in the lettuce. Dr Finn Romanes, the department’s senior medical advisor said that in the normal circumstances only a few cases of these strains are found each year, but this year a total of 28 adult cases of salmonella anatum have been notified to the health department.
The Tripod Farmers lettuce has been identified as the common culprit in each one of these cases, Romanes included. A multi-jurisdictional outbreak investigation has been launched over the outbreak cases. The infection could be bad for babies and elderly people in particular as it affects immune system the most.