Nine people have been hospitalised after eating Vietnamese rolls, also known as banh mi, due to an outbreak of salmonella.
- There have been 11 cases of salmonella reported to SA Health
- The outbreak has been linked to Vietnamese rolls from Angkor Bakery
- Testing to confirm the source of the salmonella is continuing
An investigation is underway into a cluster of salmonella cases which have been linked to three Angkor Bakery stores in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.
SA Health said there had been 11 confirmed cases of the infection reported in people who had eaten Vietnamese rolls from the three bakery stores, with nine of those people hospitalised.
Early stages of the investigation indicate the infection outbreak might be linked to raw-egg butter, pate or barbecue pork ingredients.
SA Health said stores had been inspected at Springbank Plaza in Burton, Hollywood Plaza in Salisbury Downs and Blakes Crossing in Blakeview.
“Food and environmental samples have been collected from all stores, and results will assist in identifying the source of the contamination,” SA Health’s deputy chief medical officer Dr Nicola Spurrier said.
Dr Spurrier said the business had complied with a council request to stop using the ingredients and had today agreed to stop selling all Vietnamese rolls until the source of the infection was identified.
“Cleaning and sanitising procedures have also been assessed and improved, and will continue to be monitored,” she said.
Bakery has been investigated before
Dr Spurrier said it was not the first time the bakery had been investigated, with a similar issue reported in 2015.
“A number of years ago we had a similar problem from this particular bakery and that was investigated and the business was supported in terms of looking at their food hygiene practices,” she said.
“My understanding is that it was Vietnamese rolls but I can’t tell you exactly what the issue was at that time.”
Dr Spurrier said SA Health was first notified of the salmonella cases by a local GP on Monday.
Those impacted are 13 to 64 years of age.
“The people that have developed salmonella have really been quite sick so we would see that as quite serious,” she said.
“We do know that there are other people who have symptoms of gastroenteritis and those cases are being interviewed and also of course having samples taken to confirm that it’s salmonella.”
Lakhina Eung, the shop owner of the bakery in Burton, said she was very sorry to anyone impacted by the outbreak and hoped the community would still support the business.
“I couldn’t sleep for over three days now so it’s been stressful,” she said.
“I am really sorry to everyone that is affected and also I hope that the community will still be supportive to us and our customers [will] still support us.
“I hope that the public and the community still trusts us and we [will] try our best to do everything as the council and SA Health require.”
Salmonella symptoms include fever, vomiting and headaches
SA Health said people could experience symptoms of salmonella infection between six and 72 hours after exposure and they would usually last between three to seven days.
Symptoms of the infection include fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, headaches, stomach cramps and a loss of appetite.
Younger children might experience more severe symptoms, as well as older people, pregnant women or people with an impaired immune system.
SA Health has urged anyone who develops symptoms to see their doctor.
There have been 160 cases of salmonella infection reported to SA Health this year, compared to 240 at the same time last year.