Public Health Alerts

Visit this Alerts page regularly to keep abreast of the latest health developments in our region as they unfold. On this page you will find important information on public health issues in the ACT.

Current Alerts

23.02.17 – Food Recall 

A food recall is being conducted for sesame flavoured wheat puffs in the ACT and NSW due to undeclared peanut allergen. ACT Health advises that Ottovo International Trading P/L has recalled Wheat Pop Sesame Flavour from Chinese grocery stores in NSW and ACT due to undeclared peanut allergen.

Details are:

·         Wheat Pop, Sesame Flavour, plastic bag 400g

·         Best Before 25-10-2017

Any consumers who have a peanut allergy or intolerance may have a reaction if the product is consumed. The product can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.

If you are concerned about your health you should seek medical advice.

For more information see http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/industry/foodrecalls/recalls/Pages/Wheat-Pop-Sesame-Flavour.aspx

or contact Ottovo International Trading P/L on 02 9604 8886.

16.02.17 - Salmonella outbreak

The Health Protection Service (HPS) has identified an outbreak of Salmonella associated with two cafés, located in Belconnen and Gungahlin.

Staff from HPS have inspected both cafés and found issues related with food handling processes and procedures. HPS has served prohibition orders on both premises and is working with the cafés to address these issues.

The cafes will be closed until such time as the identified issues have been rectified. This action means that there is no ongoing risk to the health of the ACT population from these events.

Food safety is an important public health issue and this is a timely reminder of the importance of food safety, not only for food businesses, but everyone in the community.

As this is an ongoing investigation HPS is not in a position to provide the number of people affected.

ACT Health is not able to release details of food businesses that are subject to enforcement action or ongoing investigation as it could unreasonably affect the business affairs of registered proprietors, or unduly influence or impair future legal proceedings.

Information on Salmonellosis:

Salmonellosis is caused by an infection with the bacteria Salmonella. It causes a gastrointestinal illness with symptoms including fever, stomach cramps, diarrhoea and vomiting.  Salmonella is often spread through the consumption of poorly cooked or contaminated foods. Raw or undercooked eggs, meat and poultry are particularly high risk foods. People with health concerns should see their medical practitioner.

For more information on food safety visit:

http://www.health.act.gov.au/public-information/businesses/food-safety-regulation

http://www.health.act.gov.au/sites/default/files/Publications/Factsheets/Foodborne%20disease.pdf

10-11 February 2017: Health Advice during Potential Power Outages in the ACT

The extreme hot weather conditions have resulted in record electricity demand predicted across NSW on Friday 10 February and Saturday 11 February 2017. This, combined with constraints on the availability of black coal generation capacity in NSW, has the potential to give rise to minor supply shortfalls in the ACT. Power outages may have an impact on residents’ health, especially during very hot weather. 

For further information see Health Information fact sheet

15.12.16 - Mycobacterium chimaera in heater cooler units

ACT Health is alerting the community to an issue involving a specific brand of heater-cooler unit commonly used worldwide in open-heart surgery has been linked to a small number of cases of infection with an uncommon environmental bacterium called Mycobacterium chimaera.  The heater-cooler units are thought to have been contaminated with the bacteria during the manufacturing process in Europe.

For further information see Mycobacterium chimaera

25.11.16 – Influenza Report

Summary: The number of influenza cases being reported to ACT Health has largely returned to background levels. Of the 1,554 cases notified year to date, only 1.8% (n=28) occurred in the last fortnight. The majority of notifications during 2016 were influenza A (90.3%). Notifications have been highest in adults aged 30-49 years and children aged 0-9 years old. This is the final report for 2016.

Prior fortnightly ACT Influenza Reports can be found in the previous alerts section. For general information visit the Influenza in the ACT page in this alerts section.

The Australian Influenza Report is compiled from a number of data sources, which are used to monitor influenza activity and severity in the community. These data sources include laboratory-confirmed notifications to NNDSS, influenza associated hospitalisations, sentinel influenza-like illness (ILI) reporting from general practitioners and emergency departments, ILI-related call centre calls and community level surveys and sentinel laboratory testing results.

Previous Alerts

To view Alerts and Advisories that are no longer current, including alerts issued more than a year ago, visit the previous alerts section of this website.

Further Information

To find out more, visit the Population Health section of this website.

You can find information about consumer food recalls on the Food Standards Australia New Zealand website.