Frozen meals recalled after 15 'rare' salmonella reports

A range of popular frozen foods have been recalled over fears 15 Australians contracted a rare strain of salmonella from them.

CORE Ingredients are recalling several of their CORE Powerfoods frozen meals after the outbreak, SA Health's Dr Fay Jenkins confirmed on Monday.

The strain is known as Salmonella Weltevedreden.

"While this particular type of salmonella is unusual, any kind of salmonella poses serious health risks and symptoms of infection can begin anywhere between six and 72 hours after exposure and last for three to seven days," Dr Jenkins said.

“These symptoms include fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, headaches, stomach cramps and loss of appetite. More severe symptoms may occur in young children, older people, pregnant women and people who are immunocompromised and may lead to hospitalisation.”

A CORE Powerfoods Going Nuts meal. It's one of the meals linked to an outbreak of salmonella. Source: Facebook/ Core Powerfoods

On Friday, NSW Health said in a statement more than 10 NSW residents are believed to have contracted salmonella gastroenteritis from the meals.

According to Food Safety Standards Australia New Zealand, 310g or 350g varieties of Going Nuts, Deep South Chilli, Muay Thai Meatballs, Holy Meatballs, Naked Chicken, Seismic Chicken, Old School, and Smokey Mountain Meatballs are the meals affected.

The best before date ranges between August 26, 2020 - October 4, 2020.

The products were sold in IGAs in NSW, ACT, Victoria and the Northern Territory, and independent retailers in NSW, ACT, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, the Northern Territory and WA.

They were also sold in Coles nationally.

Anyone who purchased any of the CORE meals should return them to the supermarket for a full refund.

- with AAP

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