Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is advising consumers who have purchased CORE Powerfoods frozen meals to check their freezers for recalled products that may be contaminated with Salmonella.
FSANZ CEO Mark Booth said the company had initiated a precautionary recall of a range of meals after reports of illness among people who are believed to have consumed the products.
Public health investigations have found that 51 people across NSW, QLD, SA, WA and ACT, with a particular type of Salmonella, reported eating these products. The investigation is ongoing.
The following products with a Best Before date of 05/03/2020 to 04/10/2020 have been recalled:
- Going Nuts
- Deep South Chilli
- Muay Thai Meatballs
- Holy Meatballs
- Naked Chicken
- Seismic Chicken
- Old School
- Smokey Mountain Meatballs.
The products have been available for sale at IGA's and Coles nationally, Independent retailers in NSW, ACT, QLD, VIC, SA, NT and WA, and a small number of Woolworths metro stores in VIC.
The cause of the contamination is still under investigation.
Mr Booth said consumers who have purchased these meals should throw any affected products away or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
“Salmonella bacteria can pose serious health risks. Symptoms of infection can include fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, headaches, stomach cramps and loss of appetite.
“More severe symptoms can occur in young children, older people, pregnant women and people who have weakened immune systems, and may lead to hospitalisation.
“Food must be cooked thoroughly to kill Salmonella bacteria. Frozen food should always be cooked thoroughly following manufacturer instructions. Microwaves are a quick and convenient way to cook food, however, if they are not used correctly, they can cook food unevenly.
“When using a microwave to cook food, make sure the food is heated until it is piping hot all the way through," Mr Booth said.
Consumers who have eaten these meals and are concerned about their health should see a doctor.
For more information visit: http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/industry/foodrecalls/recalls/Pages/Core-Powerfoods-frozen-meals.aspx