Scary confirmation: South Australian alfalfa sprouts contaminated with salmonella

South Australians have been warned not to eat alfalfa sprouts products from Adelaide’s Sunshine Sprouts’s company since an SALMONELLA outbreak has lead 8 people contracting it in the past month.

People are being urged to return the products for a refund or throw them away.

“In cases of salmonella a common food source is not often identified, however testing of retail product confirmed its presence in a variety of alfalfa sprout products,” SA Health acting executive director Chris Lease said.

The products are sold at Coles, Foodland, IGA and greengrocers in Adelaide.

The recalled products include: alfalfa sprouts with broccoli, garlic, mustard, onion, radish and the gourmet pack.

This news comes on the back of ANOTHER South Australian sprout brand being recalled due to salmonella a few months back.

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WARNING: South Australians have been warned not to eat alfalfa sprouts products from Adelaide’s SA Sprout company since an SALMONELLA outbreak has lead 7 people to be hospitalised.


It has been confirmed 21 recent cases of salmonella havana, including 7 people who were hospitalised caused from the SA Sprouts.

“We had an inkling that it was alfalfa sprouts and so we went to the suppliers and in particular SA Sprouts and today we had absolute confirmation that their alfalfa sprouts are contaminated with salmonella havana,” SA Health’s Chief Public Health Officer Professor Paddy Phillips said.

Alfalfa sprouts containing Salmonella

The common salad ingredient is being seen in a not so healthy light as this news comes to fruition.

The company has been shut down and SA Health says people should throw out or return the product.

This is the second time SA Sprouts has come under fire with recalls of alfalfa, snow pea and mung bean sprouts in 2012 after an E. Coli contamination.

“… 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.”

Products that have been recalled

  • 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)
  • gourmet sprouts (100g trio pack with alfalfa, snow pea, small sprouted bean).

What are the symptoms of salmonella?

  • fever
  • diarrhoea
  • vomiting
  • headaches
  • stomach cramps
  • loss of appetite

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written by:

Katie Fowler

Katie is a yoga loving writer from Sydney's northern beaches. With a flair for healthy baking you can find her scouring Instagram for the latest take on raw brownies and trolling Pinterest for interior design inspiration!