Several people ended up in hospital in Adelaide due to a salmonella outbreak linked to alfalfa sprouts

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  • Seven in hospital following a Salmonella outbreak in Adelaide.
  • The cases have been linked to alfalfa sprout products.
  • SA Sprouts products are sold at Drakes Foodland, IGA and other greengrocers.

Alfalfa sprout products have been linked to an outbreak of salmonella which has put several people in hospital in Adelaide.

South Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paddy Phillips, says there had been 21 confirmed cases of salmonella havana, including seven people who were hospitalised.

“We are 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,” says Phillips.

SA Sprouts products are sold at Drakes Foodland, IGA and other greengrocers.

Products included in the recall are 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) and gourmet sprouts (100g trio pack with alfalfa, snow pea, small sprouted bean).

People can experience symptoms of salmonella infection between six and 72 hours after exposure and symptoms usually last for three to seven days.

Symptoms include fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, headaches, stomach cramps and loss of appetite.

Dr Mark Bradbury, a postdoctoral Research Associate at Sydney University, says nutrients, water and humidity are used to help the alfalfa, seeds sprout.

“These are also good conditions for bacteria on contaminated seeds to grow,” he says.

“It is recommended that consumers with low or compromised immune systems, such as those under five years old or over 70, should always avoid eating uncooked sprouts.

“Although we would never want to see anyone hospitalised, it’s important to bear in mind that Australian food safety standards are among the best in the world and it’s crucial to include fresh fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy diet.”

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