Salad greens tainted with salmonella not exported to Malaysia

Salad greens tainted with salmonella not exported to Malaysia
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PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry has confirmed that no Australian salad greens contaminated with salmonella were exported to Malaysia.

In a statement on Monday, Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the Ministry had been in contact with the Australian Department of Agriculture which confirmed that the affected products were only exported to Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand.

"As a precautionary measure, effective Feb 7, the Health Ministry has imposed a ban on the import of Australian salad products involved in this issue," he said.

Dr Hisham added that it is an offence for any party to import, store, distribute or sell food products that are poisonous, spoilt or in any way harmful to people's health, including containing pathogenic bacteria like salmonella.

On Friday, it was reported by Food Standards Australia New Zealand that specific batches of pre-packaged salad greens from the Woolworths, Wash N Toss, Coles, Supa Salad and Clear Film brands were recalled due to salmonella contamination.

The batches affected have Use By dates up to and including Feb 14.

Salmonella is a type of bacteria that can cause diarrhoea, fever and abdominal cramping. Additionally, it can cause nausea, vomiting, headaches and muscle aches.

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