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Update – Health warning on poppy seeds

Date issued: 30 Jun 2023

Issued by: Adjunct Clinical Professor Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer

Issued to: Health professionals and the Victorian community

Key messages

  • Non-food grade poppy seeds have incorrectly entered the food supply chain. These seeds are not intended for human consumption and are not safe to consume.
  • This batch of poppy seeds is high in thebaine, and when brewed into a concentrated form such as a tea, has resulted in cases of severe toxicity.
  • Anyone who has consumed large quantities of poppy seeds, for example as a drink, and experiences any unusual and severe symptoms should attend their nearest Emergency Department.
  • The affected product is Royal Fields Poppy Seeds with a best before date of 25/06/2024. For further information on this product, see the recall notice on the Food Safety Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) website.
  • The product has recently been sold in Coles stores in Victoria and across Australia. It has now been removed from sale by Coles.
  • An investigation is ongoing to identify whether this product has been distributed elsewhere.
  • Customers are advised to check all poppy seed purchases for recalled batch numbers.
  • The Victorian Poisons Information Centre can be contacted 24/7 on 13 11 26 and can provide more information about poisons and what to do in suspected cases of thebaine poisoning linked to consumption of poppy seeds.

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