Chinese Bean Sprout Recall [Australia]

Australia ACCC RecallAustralia/Canberra: ACCC LogoStar Tu Pty Ltd trading as Chinese Bean Sprouts recalls certain batch/lots of Star Tu Chinese Bean Sprouts and Sunshine Sprouts Bean Sprouts due to suspected Salmonella Saintpaul contamination, a serious health hazard. ACCC:

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The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) reports the following Bean Sprouts are subject to this recall:

  • Star Tu Chinese brand Bean Sprouts in all sizes of plastic bags including 350 grams, one (1) kilogram and five (5) kilogram sizes. These Sprouts were also sold loosely. No APN, UPC or barcode was listed with this recalled food product.
  • Sunshine Sprouts brand Bean Sprouts sold in 125 gram plastic tubs. No APN, UPC or barcode was listed with this recalled food product.

According to the ACCC, South Australia Health (“SA Health”) has ordered Star Tu to recall all of its products and stop selling immediately after Salmonella Saintpaul was found in the packaged Bean Sprouts listed above.

As background to this recall, there have been at least 271 cases of confirmed Salmonella Saintpaul notified to South Australia Health since the start of December 2015. Of these, at least 47 cases were serious enough to have required hospitalisation. South Australia usually records just 15 to 20 cases per year so the number of cases seen this year is very high in comparison.

In March 2016, SA Health issued a public health warning to South Australians not to eat
raw Bean Sprouts while investigations were undertaken. Through the course of intensive investigations, Salmonella Saintpaul was detected in a piece of equipment at the Star Tu factory. SA Health has concluded therefore, that it was this equipment that was the likely source of the contamination and subsequent outbreak.

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If you believe you have purchased or have in your possession the recalled Bean Sprouts, please do not consume them directly nor use them as an ingredient in another dish or preparation. Instead, kindly return the product to the store where you purchased it for a full refund.

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ACCC PRA number: 2016/15399
Recalls Direct RIN: 7079-2016
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