Toxic spinach: Products recalled from Woolworths, Costco after hallucinations, fever reported

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Toxic spinach: Products recalled from Woolworths, Costco after hallucinations, fever reported

A third supermarket has been added to the list of sites where a toxic batch of spinach has been recalled after almost 50 people fell ill after eating it.

Aldi has recalled 450g packets of The Fresh Salad Co-branded Fresh & Fast Stir Fry sold in stores across Victoria.

It includes all products with use by dates of up to and including December 24.

To date, as part of the ongoing investigation, there are 47 people in NSW who have reported symptoms after eating baby spinach.

More than a third of these (at least 17) have sought medical attention.

Earlier this morning, residents in Victoria, New South Wales, ACT and Queensland were urged to immediately throw away two products containing the toxic leaf.

The two products are the Woolworths Chicken Cobb Salad 270g (ID 218366) with use by dates of December 2 and the Woolworths Chickpea Falafel 290g (ID 218371) with use by dates of December 20 and December 22.

On Friday, NSW residents were urged to throw out spinach products bought from Costco after a number of cases of “possible food-related toxic reactions”.

NSW Health warned that Riviera Farms-branded baby spinach should not be eaten, as the product is “not safe to consume”.

There have been nine people from four unrelated households across Sydney who have required medical treatment after developing poisoning having eating the product.

Dr Darren Roberts from the NSW Poisons Information Centre, told the Sydney Morning Herald those affected had been “quite sick”.

“No one has died, so we’re very happy with that and we hope it remains that way, but these people are quite sick … to the point of marked hallucinations, where they are seeing things that aren’t there,” he said.

Affected products were sold through Costco with an expiry date of December 16, 2022.

“Initial investigations suggest the presence of an accidental contaminant in the food product,” NSW Health said.

“NSW Health is working with the NSW Food Authority, as well as other jurisdictions, to investigate the issue further.”

Anyone who is concerned about exposure to the spinach should call the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26.

NSW Health urges anyone who experiences any unusual and severe symptoms to seek immediate medical attention by visiting their nearest emergency department.

Reported symptoms can be severe, including:

  • Delirium or confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Dilated pupils
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Flushed face
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth and skin
  • Fever
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