16 December 2022

People are being urged not to consume 'Riviera Farms' branded baby spinach following a national recall due to a number of cases of possible food-related toxic reactions.

NSW Health advises the impacted baby spinach was sold through Costco in 350g and 1kg container varieties and includes all products with a use-by date from 16 December 2022 up to and including 28 December 2022.

The Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has advised consumers not to eat the spinach and dispose of it immediately.

Products affected are listed on the FSANZ website and will be updated as needed.

The products have had potential contamination with unsafe plant material which may cause illness.

NSW Health is working with the NSW Food Authority, as well as other jurisdictions, to investigate the issue further.

To date, as part of the ongoing investigation, there are 47 people in NSW who have reported symptoms after eating baby spinach, at least 17 of these have sought medical attention.

Anyone who is concerned about exposure to the spinach should call the NSW Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26. NSW Health urges anyone who experiences any unusual and severe symptoms to seek immediate medical attention by visiting their nearest emergency department. In the event of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

Reported symptoms can be severe, including:

  • Delirium or confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Dilated pupils
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Flushed face
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth and skin
  • Fever