Prepackaged vegetable salad sample detected with Salmonella

Issue Date 30.9.2016
Source of Information

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product

Prepackaged vegetable salad

Product Name and Description

Product name: Organic Mixed Salad Box+Carrot
Brand name: Natural & Premium Food
Place of origin: Thailand
Distributor: Ceres Resources Ltd
Net weight: 120g per box

Reason For Issuing Alert

The CFS collected the above-mentioned sample at YATA Supermarket in Tuen Mun for testing under its routine Food Surveillance Programme. The test result showed the presence of Salmonella in 25 grams of the sample, exceeding the standard of the Microbiological Guidelines for Food which states that Salmonella should not be detected in 25g of food.

Salmonella infection may cause fever and gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. The effects on infants, young children, the elderly and patients with a weak immune system could be more severe and sometimes may even lead to death.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

CFS has notified the vendor concerned of the unsatisfactory test result, and instructed it to stop selling the affected product immediately and initiate a recall.

CFS is also tracing the distribution of the affected product, and will alert the trade and the Thailand authorities to the incident.

CFS will continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action.

Advice to the Trade

The trade should stop selling the products concerned immediately.

Advice to Consumers

Members of the public to stop consuming the affected batch of the product if they have purchased it, and to seek medical advice if they feel sick upon consumption.

Further Information

The CFS press release

Members of the public may call YATA Supermarket's hotline at 2451 3966 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department