Poppy seed poisoning: Melbourne man describes ordeal, product recall

A Melbourne musician has described the terrifying second he thought he would die after consuming a poisonous batch of poppy seeds.

Andy Jordan is one in all 32 Australian adults who’ve been hospitalised within the final month.

He has been mixing poppy seeds right into a drink – just like brewed tea – to assist with abdomen points for 2 years and mentioned he had by no means had any type of response to the beverage.

“I drank the poppy seeds within the morning, about 5 minutes later my eyes locked up, it felt like strychnine poisoning,” he mentioned.

“My muscle tissues began spasming I knew I used to be in hassle.”

His brother known as triple-0 thrice however mentioned there was no reply and the road rang out.

“I used to be convulsing, each muscle was spasming by my chest, by my again, it felt like my kidneys have been being squeezed to demise and round my coronary heart, it was insane,” he mentioned.

“It felt like a chemical weapon had been combined up within the bag.”

Fearing the worst and along with his situation declining, Mr Jordan’s flatmate supplied to drive him to the hospital.

“I believed I used to be going to die most likely about 10 minutes in,” he mentioned.

“It didn’t really feel like several opioid I’ve ever consumed at hospital.

“This was the worst feeling you possibly can ever think about. It was like torture.”

Mr Jordan was extremely fortunate that the toxicologist at Austin Hospital was an knowledgeable in one of these poisoning and instantly recognised the signs.

“The second he noticed me he knew what had occurred,” he mentioned.

“I used to be injected with muscle relaxants to attempt to get my muscle tissues to cease convulsing and strangling me.”

The poppy seeds concerned within the string of poisonings at the moment are a part of a nationwide recall.

The non-food grade seeds include excessive quantities of alkaloid thebaine – usually used to make morphine and codeine – and aren’t secure for human consumption.

Excessive concentrations of thebaine have been recognized within the blood of affected folks on this cluster of poisonings.

Investigations are below option to decide how the non-food grade seeds ended up in outlets.

Signs of poppy seed poisoning embrace seizures, extreme muscle ache and extreme muscle spasm, cramping, stiffness or irregular actions and acute kidney harm.

Which manufacturers of poppy seed have been recalled?

Meals Requirements Australia New Zealand introduced a recall of 5 manufacturers offered at Woolworths, Coles, IGA, on-line and at different impartial retailers.

  • Eumarrah Poppy Seeds
  • Hoyts Poppy Seeds
  • Gaganis Premium Australian Poppy Seed
  • Poppy Seeds by East West Meals Wholesale Pty Ltd
  • Royal Fields Poppy Seeds by Basfoods Worldwide Pty Ltd.

The organisation says shoppers ought to return the seeds to the place of buy for a full refund and secure disposal.

Initially printed as Melbourne man believed he was dying after unintentional poppy seed poisoning