Look out… the salmonella recall has spread even further

The dangerous salmonella found in bags of lettuce Woolworths and Coles has spread even further now, with popular healthy eating
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The dangerous salmonella found in bags of lettuce Woolworths and Coles has spread even further now, with popular healthy eating company Lite n’ Easy issuing a warning to it’s customers about a possible contamination.

The diet company said it used the same lettuce supplier in a range of it’s healthy meals and has issued an immediate recall.

Lite n’ Easy said customers who received salad lunches from this week’s menu are affected by the recall, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald.

“Whilst we have had no related reports of illness to date, we recommend that, if you have already consumed the lunch and have any concerns regarding your health, you should consult with your doctor or medical practitioner,” the notice reads.

Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services said on Friday it had received reports of 54 cases, almost doubling the number reported as of late Thursday.

Meanwhile, Coles has been slammed by customers for continuing to sell bags of the contaminated lettuce even after the recall was issued.

Sydney mum Daniela Grech said she was sold a 120g four leaf salad mix at 6.22pm — several hours into the recall.

“Up to an hour ago, this was still being sold … Along with a large variety of all the other potentially contaminated products,” Ms Grech wrote on social media.

Other customers also complained that they had purchased the contaminated lettuce after the recall.

Have you been affected by the salmonella recall? Does the recall make you nervous about shopping at supermarkets?

  1. Gloria Bulley

    Yep. Don’t usually buy bagged salad but do get my baby spinach that way but just this week bought 2 bags salad mix as well. All went in the bin.

  2. Rod Faithfull

    Those who purchased suspect items after the recall must be dumb or maybe have nothing better to do other than to try and catch stores out then post rubbish on social media.

    • Leone O

      Or they are too busy to sit watching TV, facebook, internet. I can well understand how they were caught out. When I worked I would go for days not knowing (or caring) what was going on. Weekend was catch up time for me.

    • Leone O

      Or they are too busy to sit watching TV, facebook, internet. I can well understand how they were caught out. When I worked I would go for days not knowing (or caring) what was going on. Weekend was catch up time for me.

    • Jennifer Anderson

      I think they maybe bought them without knowledge of the recall, so coles should’ve taken them off the shelves, I believe it was only goods with a shorter than 18th Feb life span so those with longer were supposedly ok… its very confusing. to say the least. People just aren’t as diligent these days.. I find..

    • Joan Rowe

      Agreed, Leone, Jennifer, but there are those who like to “catch them out” also.

    • Carron Wilson

      While I watch the news and use social media I have a couple of friends that don’t like watching the bad news or the way the media portrays the news!!

    • Gary Quinlan

      Or, they could just reasonably expect that the product for sale was from a new batch fit for consumption as they should not have to stop and ask themselves would a store be callous or dumb enough to sell contaminated product. Coles and Woolworths are after all operating in Australia under Australian rules, nor in some third world ghetto!

    • Pam Brooks

      Gary Quinlan I agree. Thinking that Coles wouldn’t still be selling contaminated product and it must be a new batch I bought some 4 leaf salad yesterday. Use by date 10/02/16. Found out today it could be contaminated. Certainly won’t be eating it.

    • Suzanne Rogers

      I heard it was up to the 11 th of Feb use by date. Now Jennifer said the 18 th of Feb.
      See how the media gets it wrong !
      What are we supposed to guess.

    • Joan Rowe

      Just don’t buy it at all. But they are saying git has spread to other products.

  3. Barbara Easthope

    I expect a lot of pubs, take aways and restaurants had to go ahead and serve up recalled salad items as they may not have been able to restock in time.

  4. Barbara Easthope

    I expect a lot of pubs, take aways and restaurants had to go ahead and serve up recalled salad items as they may not have been able to restock in time.

    • Trish Daley

      Thanks for reminding me of that, I’m going to lunch with a friend today and as it is going to be hot today I would have ordered a salad.

    • Barbara Easthope

      Leonie Hodgson no its not but I have observed the number of cafes locally that appear to have chairs in their seating areas that were subject to recall. Many cafes have lettuce in the majority of their dishes. Often they don’t know exactly where their produce originates as their supplier sources from all over. It can be a loss maker for a business when these recalls come along.

  5. Lyn Lucas

    I had some last week, threw the rest of bag away.will check when problem is over that l don’t find a spider in packet.plus I will wash salad again.🙀

  6. Nancy Peters

    I you wash even the pre bag lettuce then you will not get ill, same as any food that has a skin that can be eaten, apples, peaches etc, bananas are ok as you peel those, any fo

    • Charmaine Lovell

      I washed my cos lettuce bought from coles last week and was still very sick along with my g/son and daughter who is still sick my other g/son wasn’t home for tea that night so he is fine

    • HS  

      Not necessarily, Nancy. I read recently that even if you wash it out it may be still contaminated. Take care.

  7. Julie Chauvet

    Are they use ing recycled waters wash them and guess people not washing hands.Had the same problem in the UK with fresh salads and turned out they were using grey water to irrigate due to drought conditions. That was in Spain.So not just common to oz

  8. Linda Morse

    Who uses fruits veggies and salad greens without washing them first? Make a safe homemade produce wash by mixing one part vinegar with three parts water.

  9. Debbie Parsons

    Lettuce would have to be the easiest thing to grow – no land? Use a pot or a polystyrene box… If you must eat packaged food wash it and always have activated charcoal in your cupboard – best thing ever for tummy upsets

  10. Carolyn Paton

    Wash all store bought fruit and vegs in water and vinegar, or grow your own, you don’t need a big garden to grow lettuce and spinach.

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