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Update – Health alert for toxic reaction linked to spinach product 17 December 2022

Date issued: 17 Dec 2022 – update to Alert issued 16 December 2022

Issued by: Dr Danny Csutoros, Acting Deputy Chief Health Officer (Environment)

Issued to: Health professionals and Victorian community

Key messages

  • After a number of reported cases of food-related toxic reactions, people are advised not to consume certain products containing baby spinach.
  • The products are not safe to consume and should be discarded into the rubbish bin or returned to place of purchase for a full refund.
  • National food recalls are currently underway to remove affected products identified to date.
  • See Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) for the brands and batch numbers currently affected and monitor this website closely for ongoing updates.
  • Initial investigations suggest potential contamination of affected baby spinach with unsafe plant material.
  • Affected persons have developed unusual and severe symptoms including, nausea and vomiting, dry mouth, blurred vision, dilated pupils, rapid heartbeat, difficulty passing urine, hallucinations and confusion.
  • Anyone concerned about exposure to this spinach product should contact Victorian Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26, and those with severe symptoms should call triple zero (000).
  • The Victorian Department of Health is working closely with other jurisdictions to investigate and resolve this issue.
  • Read the full Alert: Health alert for toxic reaction linked to spinach product

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