A salmonella outbreak affecting pre-packaged lettuce sold at Coles and Woolworths has spread wider than first thought.
Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services has received reports of 28 cases of salmonella anatum strain linked to pre-packed lettuce distributed by Victorian-based company Tripod Farmers.
Anyone who has purchased any of the affected lettuce mix with a best-before date leading up to February 14 should return it to the store or throw it out.
“We’ve been assured that there’s no risk associated with the products after that date,” senior medical adviser Dr Finn Romanes said on Thursday.
Originally the outbreak was said to affect only the pre-packaged lettuce sold at supermarkets, but Lite n’ Easy customers are also warned the lettuce recall will affect some lunches in its menu this week.
It has dumped the lettuce supplier following the recall. Sandwiches sold at 7-Eleven have also been recalled.
There are unconfirmed reports the affected lettuce has also been used in souvlaki and burgers made at a Victorian school canteen.
TriPod Farmers managing director Frank Ruffo said the company was working closely with health authorities.
“We are shocked at the test results because we put public safety first and foremost and comply with all Australian health and safety standards,” Mr Ruffo said in a statement.
AusVeg acting CEO Jessica Lye won’t comment on reports the outbreak is linked to manure because an investigation is under way.
There have been no reported cases of salmonella linked to the pre-packaged lettuce in NSW, according to the state’s health department.