Salmonella linked to frozen microwave meals

Released 21/10/2019

ACT Health Directorate is urging consumers who have any CORE Powerfoods frozen meals to check the product and best before dates due to a link to Salmonella gastroenteritis.

To date there have been two cases of Salmonella gastroenteritis infection here in the ACT that are believed to have developed after consuming this product.

Core Ingredients is conducting a recall of CORE Powerfoods frozen meals, 310g or 350g - Going Nuts, Deep South Chilli, Muay Thai Meatballs, Holy Meatballs, Naked Chicken, Seismic Chicken, Old School, and Smokey Mountain Meatballs.

The products have been available for sale at IGAs in the ACT, NSW, VIC and NT; Independent retailers in the ACT, NSW, QLD, VIC, SA, NT and WA; and Coles nationally. The Best Before are from 26/08/2020 – 4/10/2020 inclusive.

All affected Core Powerfoods stock have now been removed from sale in the ACT.

Acting Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerryn Coleman said serious foodborne diseases like Salmonella can easily spread from eating poorly cooked foods, which is why this is a timely reminder to Canberrans of the importance of proper food handling when reheating pre-cooked meals.

“It is important to ensure that high risk foods like raw or undercooked eggs, meat and poultry are properly cooked,” Dr Coleman said.

Salmonella is spread when people eat food contaminated by the bacteria, and this can happen ifSalmonella is present in inadequately cooked food.

“It is also important to remember that many frozen foods are not ready to eat and should always be cooked thoroughly following manufacturer instructions. It is especially important to reheat food until it is steaming hot.

“There are plenty of other food safety tips on the ACT Health website and I encourage people to check them out online.”

The ACT Health Directorate is working closely with our health counterparts in other states and territories to investigate the infections that are thought to be associated with this product, with the cause of the contamination also still under investigation.

Further information on the CORE Powerfoods frozen microwave meals recall is on the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand website.

Information on Salmonellosis:

  • Salmonellosis is caused by an infection with the bacteria Salmonella. It causes a gastrointestinal illness with symptoms including fever, stomach cramps, diarrhoea and vomiting.
  • Salmonella is often spread through the consumption of poorly cooked or contaminated foods. Raw or undercooked eggs, meat and poultry are particularly high risk foods.
  • People with health concerns should see their medical practitioner.

Check out the ACT Health Directorate Salmonellosis factsheet for further information.

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