Toddler hospitalised as food poisoning linked to Gawler South Bakery salmonella worsens
The number of salmonella poisoning cases linked to the Gawler South Bakery north of Adelaide has more than doubled in the past four days, SA Health has confirmed.
On Friday, health authorities reported 17 cases but that number has since increased to 35 and is expected to climb further.
Nine people have been hospitalised including two children, one aged two.
“We’ve now seen cases in people aged two years old up to 70 years old and we are anticipating more cases as further test results come through,” SA Health public health director Kevin Buckett said.
“This is a significant outbreak, it’s quite a large number of people.
“We don’t know yet that this outbreak is actually over. We know that the laboratories still have some stool samples waiting to be tested.”
The latest contamination has been linked to products “mostly with chicken in the ingredients”, including filled sandwiches, wraps, rolls and focaccias that are made and sold at the bakery.
This morning, food safety inspectors and council staff returned to the bakery, which has two Gawler outlets.
“We don’t think it’s the product that’s coming into the bakery that’s contaminated,” Dr Buckett said.
“Somehow there’s been cross-contamination associated with probably less than adequate sanitation and cleaning, and also the potential to mix raw food with cooked ready-to-eat food.
“The bakery has been given the all-clear to start preparing sandwiches and we will be up there again later in the week before they go out into the market place.”
SA Health said signs of salmonella include fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, headaches, stomach cramps and loss of appetite.
Those symptoms can develop between 12 and 72 hours after exposure, and health authorities have urged anyone who develops them — especially young children, the elderly and pregnant women — to see their doctors.
An earlier salmonella outbreak at the bakery in October 2016 affected eight people.
Clearly it is time the SA Health department made food safety training mandatory as in most other Australian States.