Lettuce in salad mixes linked with Salmonella outbreak.
Lettuce in salad mixes linked with Salmonella outbreak.

After encountering an unusually high number of 28 cases of salmonella or salmonella anatomy strain infections, the authorities have narrowed it down to the lettuce supplied by the Victorian company Tripod Farmers. Eating habits and food history of the cases were analysed by the department, which helped them reach the source of this outbreak.

The lettuce is available in leading stores Coles and Woolsworths, used in Coles 4 Leaf Mix, SupaSaladSupamix, Woolsworhts salad mix and the Wash N Toss salad mix. All products with an expiration date till February 14 have been recalled by the department.

Dr. Finn Romanes from the department of Health and human Services said "Tests of three products from two batches have also tested positive for Salmonella anatum bacterium."

The Victorian company Tripod farmers has issued a national recall, suggesting consumers to either discard any packages they may have purchased or return them to the store.Symptoms of the infection may include fever, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps. The symptoms develop 12 to 48 hours after infection and the illness may last 4 to 7 days. Most cases recover without any treatments. In some cases diarrhoea can cause extreme dehydration which may warrant going to the hospital.

The department conducted a thorough inspection of Tripod Farmers and have claim that the infection has been eliminated.