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We sometimes hear about food being recalled but there is an interesting twist to it in Australia. It seems as if some 164 people in New South Wales reported symptoms after eating toxic baby spinach, including hallucinations!

As a result of the reports, spinach products coming from Victorian Farm are being recalled. Spinach from that farm is sold at Woolworths and Coles stores across Australia, so it’s important to know if you recently purchased baby spinach from those locations.

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According to the recall, 42 out of the 164 who have reported symptoms to NSW Health have looked for medical attention. Some of the symptoms they experienced included rapid heartbeat, dilated pupils, blurred vision, dry mouth, flushed face, and hallucinations.

There was one child from Queensland who spent the weekend in the hospital after eating spinach, which authorities say originated from Riviera Farms.

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The farm was proactive in contacting all 20 of the retailers that are selling its produce at this time. According to, they said: “The advice to our customers remains to recall potentially contaminated spinach products from their shelves and to advise their own customers to do the same.”

An investigation is still ongoing into the subject but they feel as if a toxic weed may have contaminated the spinach. This could’ve included mandrake root, jimson weed, or nightshade. Recent flooding may have resulted in the contamination of the spinach.

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At this time, Food Standards Australia New Zealand is investigating, according to Assistant Health Minister Ged Kearey.

According to The Independent, she said: “I urge anyone feeling unwell who may have eaten affected products to seek medical care immediately and contact the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26.” She continued to say that all appropriate measures are being taken to protect people from the tainted spinach.