Food company Hello Foods Ltd is recalling specific batches of Natava SuperFoods brand Organic Chlorella Powder and Organic Clean Greens Wholefood Powder due to the presence of Salmonella.
The recall affects the following products:
- Organic Chlorella Powder 100g with a best before date of 7-Sep-22 and batch numbers of N-232, N-233 and N-234
- Organic Clean Greens Wholefood Powder 200g with a best before date of 31-Dec-22 and a batch number of N-227
The company identified the contamination in some batches of product as part of its routine testing, says Vince Arbuckle, deputy director-general New Zealand Food Safety.
"New Zealand Food Safety is working with Hello Foods to determine the cause of the issue to ensure it does not happen again.
"Anyone who has the product at home should throw it away or return it to their retailer for a refund.
"Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhoea, fever, and stomach cramps 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria.
"The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment, but its effects can be serious, particularly in children younger than 5 years, adults 65 and over, and people with weakened immune systems.
"If you have health concerns after eating the product, seek medical advice."
New Zealand Food Safety has not received any reports of associated illness.
Up to date information about the products affected by the recall is on the MPI website.
Chlorella powder is made from algae and is marketed as a health supplement.