HEALTH ALERT: South Australians are warned not to eat alfalfa sprout products from SA Sprouts after several people fell ill with salmonella.

South Australians are being warned not to eat alfalfa sprout products produced by Adelaide business SA Sprouts, after several people became ill with Salmonella havana.

SA Health’s Chief Medical Officer and Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Paddy Phillips, said there had been 21 recent confirmed cases of Salmonella havana, including seven people who were hospitalised.

“We are advising anyone who has purchased the recalled SA Sprouts alfalfa sprouts products to return them to the place of purchase for a refund, or throw them away,” Professor Phillips said.

“We also want to alert cafes and restaurants to check their suppliers and not serve any SA Sprouts alfalfa sprout products until further notice.

“In cases of salmonella a common food source is not often identified, however a joint investigation between SA Health, local government and Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) has linked these cases to SA Sprouts alfalfa sprouts.

“We are working closely with the producer and suppliers while we continue to investigate.”

SA Sprouts products are sold at Drakes Foodland, IGA and numerous greengrocers.

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Products included in the recall are alfalfa (125g and 200g tubs, 1kg bags), green alfalfa (125g tubs), alfalfa and radish (125g tubs), alfalfa and onion (125g tubs), alfalfa and mustard (125g tubs), alfalfa and Chinese cabbage (125g tubs), alfalfa and garlic (125g tubs), salad mix (175g tubs) and gourmet sprouts (100g trio pack with alfalfa, snow pea, small sprouted bean).

People can experience symptoms of salmonella infection between six and 72 hours after exposure and symptoms usually last for three to seven days.

Symptoms include fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, headaches, stomach cramps and loss of appetite.

Anyone who develops these symptoms and is concerned should see their doctor, particularly young children, older people, pregnant women and people who are immunocompromised because they are at risk of more severe illness.

There have been 751 cases of salmonella infection (all types) reported to SA Health this year, compared to 829 at the same time last year and a total of 1432 for 2017.”

Share your comments

  • Lucky for me I don’t like alfalfa


  • You try and be healthy and eat Australian fruit and vegetables and then something happens again. Rockmelons with bacteria, Alfalfa food poisoning, strawberries with needles, frozen fruit and frozen veg also recalled this year. What is happening to our food supply?


  • Think I’ll give sprouts a miss for a while. Like rockmelons earlier this year.


  • I love sprouts so this recall is a little concerning. :(


  • Thanks the update. We haven’t brought these recently.


  • LUcky we don’t eat it


  • I often buy alfalfa sprouts. This is worrying.

    • Me too! They are a regular product we purchase.


  • I hope no-one is affected by this,not good!


  • It’s really easy to get sick from alfalfa. Even if you grow your own.


  • I used to eat a lot of alfafa and often sprout it myself, I still have my sprouting kit.
    This health alert is issued only for South Australians not to eat alfalfa sprout products produced by Adelaide business SA Sprouts, it can just as easy happen to other vegetables.


  • That is so gross, how can they have that happen.


  • I used to love sprouts but I don’t eat them anymore because of hearing stories like this.


  • That’s terrible. Good to get the word out so no one else gets sick.


  • Salmonella seems to be a common bacteria in these kinds of prepackaged food. Pretty gross to think about really


  • I do enjoy an alfalfa sprout and cream cheese sandwich. Luckily fir me this recall only affects SA, so I’m safe


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