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Check your pantry nut supplies urges WA Health

30 October 2012 - 12:19pm
Written by: 
Suzanne Still

A national recall on raw almonds from Woolworths and a supermarket chain in Queensland, has prompted WA Health to urge people to check their pantry nut supplies.

Three Western Australians were affected by salmonella contamination, said WA Health medical epidemiologist Dr Gary Dowse, and were linked batches of Woolworths Almond Kernels with best before dates of 05/02/13, 06/04/13, 07/04/13, 12/04/13 and 09/03/13.

"To date, there have been 30 cases of salmonellosis linked to the outbreak across the country, with cases reported in six states and territories," Dr Dowse said.

"People should check the brand and batch of almonds in their pantries and, if the product has been recalled, either dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund."

Salmonellosis symptoms include fever, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps that usually begin between 12 to 72 hours after consuming contaminated food.

Most people recover within a few days with the illness generally lasting from four to seven days.

Salmonellosis can be more serious for the elderly, children under five and people with weak immune systems, so if you think you or a family member has become sick from eating raw almonds make sure to see your doctor.

You can help to ensure your family's health and wellbeing is taken care of with a family health insurance plan.

This private health cover can assist in getting you and your loved ones the appropriate care and treatment when it is needed.