Prepackaged salad leaves manufactured in Australia suspected to be contaminated with salmonella
|Source of Information
The Australian authorities
Prepackaged salad leaves
|Product Name and Description
The affected products with use-by-dates up to and including February 14, 2016.
|Reason For Issuing Alert
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) received a notification from the International Food Safety Authorities Network that prepackaged salad leaves produced by the abovementioned manufacturer were suspected to be linked to a salmonella outbreak in Australia. The manufacturer concerned has initiated a recall of the affected products.
|Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
The CFS had contacted the Australian authorities over the incident, and learnt from the information provided by the Australian authorities that a Hong Kong importer had imported the affected product. During follow up investigations, the CFS was informed by the importer concerned that it had imported products of Wash N Toss Salad Mix with use-by-date of February 13. All the products had been re-exported through a distributor and none had been sold in the local market. For the sake of prudence, the CFS has contacted other major local importers and conducted sales checks at local outlets. No other affected products were found to be imported or sold in Hong Kong so far.
|Advice to the Trade
The CFS has also informed the local trade to stop using or selling the affected batch of the product immediately.
|Advice to Consumers
The public are advised to seek medical treatment if they feel unwell after taking the food.
The CFS press release
Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department