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Further botulism warning

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The Commonwealth Department of Health has issued a further

warning on imported tinned salmon. . .

The Department said today that in the light of information now

at hand, any can of salmon bearing the code numbers RF7-F714-5,

irrespective of what appeared in the space indicated by the .

dash, and irrespective of the manufacturer's label, should be

considered suspect and not eaten.

: (The letter or letters in the space shown above by a dash

do not affect the time or place of processing, which are identified

by the rest of the code).

All suspected batches are the produce of the U.S.A. Warnings'

were previously issued on salmon imported from the U.S.A. which was

of the same batch as that believed to have caused four cases of

botulism in the U.K. The following code numbers were, quoted:

RF7GF7145 and R F7BF714-5- It was advised at that time that salmon

cans bearing either of these numbers and labelled by John West

Pty ^td should be regarded as unfit to eat. It was now recommended

that any cans bearing the code number as detailed above, but · ·

irrespective of brand name, be regarded as unfit for consumption.

Further investigations have identified cans of these batch

numbers in Queensland and these cans are being subjected to analyst

At the same time a search is being made for cans bearing 'this or

closely.related batch numbers throughout Australia. '

CANBERRA, August 4-, 1978. · .