Poppy seed poisoning: NSW Health investigates 19 hospitalisations related to natural tea

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Health authorities around Australia have issued an urgent warning after 19 people were hospitalised with severe poisoning after drinking a popular home-brewed tea.

NSW Health and the Department of Health in Victoria have warned residents to be careful when consuming poppy seed tea after a number of people presented to hospital with worrying symptoms including seizures, severe muscle pain, acute kidney pain, and severe muscle spasms.

One person suffered a cardiac arrest and another two are in intensive care, according to the Victorian Department of Health.

Early investigations suggested that high levels of a naturally occurring chemical in the raw poppy seeds, which is removed when well cooked, may be a factor.

But Deputy chief health officer in Victoria, Angie Bone, said current evidence points to a contaminant in supermarket poppy seeds causing the severe reactions.

“However other causes have not been excluded and this is still under investigation,” she noted.

Symptoms of poisoning have only been observed when people have purposely consumed poppy seeds as a drink. Health authorities say poppy seed tea drinkers should be wary of “the significant risk of consumption”.

An unusually dark colour or bitter taste could indicate dangerous toxicity, Dr Bone cautioned.

There have been no cases of poisoning in people who have eaten poppy seeds as part of a baked food product.

NSW Poisons Information Centre Medical Director Darren Roberts said consuming large quantities of this chemical in poppy seeds can be dangerous.

“We are urging anyone who has had large quantities of poppy seeds, for example as a drink, and who experiences any unusual and severe symptoms to seek immediate medical attention by visiting their nearest emergency department,” he said.

Anyone exhibiting symptoms are urged to call triple-0 for emergency assistance.

NSW Health is working with the NSW Food Authority as well as other health authorities around Australia to investigate the issue further.

The NSW Poisons Information Centre can be contacted 24/7 on 13 11 26 to provide more information about poisons and what to do in suspected cases of poppy seed poisoning.

Originally published as Poison warning issued over popular natural tea


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