Australia – Spike in Salmonella Oranienburg cases linked to alfalfa sprouts

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Officials with the Government of South Australia (SA Health) are warning the public not to eat a number of alfalfa sprout products produced by Adelaide business Sunshine Sprouts, after several people became ill with Salmonella Oranienburg.

SA Health’s Acting Executive Director Public Health Services, Dr Chris Lease, said there had been spike in cases of Salmonella Oranienburg, with eight confirmed cases in the past month, compared with eight for all of last year.

“As part of the investigation into these cases, 116 alfalfa sprout products were sampled as two cases had reported eating these types of products.  Results received this morning identified that Salmonella Oranienburg was present in three of these samples,” Dr Lease said.

“A number of Sunshine Sprouts alfalfa sprouts products have already been voluntarily recalled and we are advising anyone who has purchased the affected products not to eat them, and to return them to the place of purchase for a refund or throw them away.

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