Tasmanian community urged to be on alert for recalled poppy seed
This alert was issued on 1st July and remains current.
Non-food grade poppy seeds have incorrectly entered the food supply chain and may have been available in Tasmania. These seeds are not intended for human consumption and are not safe to consume.
As a precaution, Public Health Services advises people in Tasmania to check they do not have the following product in their kitchen:
- 'Royal Fields Poppy Seeds' (Basfoods), with a best before date of 25 June 2024.
This product is not safe to consume and anyone who has purchased this recalled batch of poppy seeds should throw it out or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Anyone who is concerned about consumption to the recalled product should call the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26. Public Health Services advises anyone who has consumed the recalled poppy seeds, especially in large quantities such as a drink, and experiences unusual and severe symptoms should seek immediate medical attention by visiting their nearest emergency department. In the event of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).
Reported symptoms occur minutes to hours after consumption and can be severe, including:
- severe muscle cramping, muscle spasms, abnormal movements or unsteady walking
- racing heart rate, sweating
- cardiac arrest.
More information about this is available by calling the Public Health Hotline 1800 671 738 and selecting the food safety option.