The suspected weed at the center of an Australia-wide spinach recall has been identified following an investigation.
Riviera Farms and Victoria Health confirmed that the spinach was contaminated with a weed known as thornapple or its scientific name, datura stramonium.
“Investigations have not identified any other potential chemical, herbicide or other type of contaminant,” a statement said.
“No other product from Riviera Farms has been affected by this weed.”
Other nearby crops are in the process of being destroyed as a precautionary measure amid fears of contamination.
The revelation comes after reports that nine people had suffered “toxic reactions”, including symptoms of hallucinations and delirium, after consuming spinach products.
The affected spinach was sold at Costco with an expiration date up to and including December 28.
Originally posted as Suspicious Weed Identified in Spinach Recall Saga