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Recall of baby spinach products

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has coordinated multiple recalls of baby spinach products due to potential contamination with unsafe plant material.​

The following products have been recalled:

Consumers are advised not to consume these products and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Media releases

Frequently asked questions

How did this incident happen?

The recalled spinach was contaminated with a weed – thornapple (Datura stramonium) - a type of nightshade also known as jimsonweed.

The supplier has worked collaboratively with Victorian Government authorities to get to the bottom of how the contamination occurred and prevent it from happening again. 

As soon as the potential contamination was identified, FSANZ worked closely with the supplier, states and territories and affected retailers, who have all been cooperative in assisting with the recall of affected product.

​​What symptoms are people w​​ho have eaten the contaminated baby spinach experiencing?​

Initial symptoms may include:

  • Delirium or confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Dilated pupils
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Flushed face
  • Blurred vision
  • ​Dry mouth and skin.

​How many people have been af​fected?

As of 18 December 2022, over 190 potential cases have been reported across New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Queensland. However, cases are still being followed up and it is anticipated that with greater public awareness resulting from the recall and media releases that more cases may be reported.

What should people do if they have eat​​en it?

Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms following consumption. This may include calling your local poisons information centre.

Where the toxic reactions from a single so​​urce? 

Yes. Investigations have shown that all affected products stemmed from a single plant source. ​

What is the contaminant causing people to becom​e unwell?

The recalled spinach was contaminated with a weed – thornapple (Datura stramonium) - a type of nightshade also known as jimsonweed.​

Have all the affected products been removed from s​upermarket shelves?

Yes. As part of the National Incident Protocol, FSANZ worked quickly with all state jurisdictions to ensure that all affected products were identified and recalled. Retailers were made aware of these recalls and the products are no longer on supermarket shelves.

How did the weed get into the food suppl​​​y?

This is currently being investigated by Victorian authorities with site inspections underway.

Is it safe to eat spinach and other salad product​s? ​

Yes. Affected baby spinach products have been recalled. Consumers should enjoy spinach again.

How serious is the poisoning – will people recov​er? 

While there have been several hospitalisations, investigations are continuing and toxicological impacts are still to be confirmed. It is understood most people affected are experiencing symptoms for a short time and recovering quickly.

​What are the most common food recal​​​​​ls in Australia?​

​Mixed and/or processed foods are the most common foods recalled in Australia. More information on recalls is available on Food recall statistics.

Industry guidance​​​

​​In response to the toxic weed contamination in spinach incident, industry guidance Managing food safety risks associated with toxic weeds in leafy vegetables guidance document (PDF 441KB) was developed.​

Page last updated 15 December 2023