Child in hospital after psychoactive weed in spinach causes hallucinations
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    A child is in hospital after suffering serious hallucinations from spinach contaminated by a psychoactive weed.

    Containers of baby spinach being sold in Australia were urgently recalled from retailers after dozens of customers suffered fever, blurred vision and delirium as a result.

    Authorities say the spinach products are thought to be from a farm in Lindenow, Victoria. A child, who is among more than 120 people believed to have suffered symptoms after consuming the dangerous vegetable, has been admitted to hospital.

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    In New South Wales, almost 90 people have so far reported symptoms, with at least 33 people seeking medical attention, The Mirror reports.

    Riviera Farms said the spinach was contaminated by a weed and could have health consequences if eaten.

    Dr Darren Roberts, medical director of the New South Wales Poisons Information Centre, said those who had eaten it remained very sick over 24 hours after they fell ill.

    He told the Sydney Morning Herald: “The patients that have been quite unwell have been to the point of marked hallucinations where they are seeing things that aren’t there.

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    “They can’t give a good account of what happened.

    “No one has died, so we’re very happy with that, and we hope it remains that way, but these people are quite sick.”

    Health authorities in New South Wales are investigating and believe symptoms were caused by a chemical which was accidentally present.

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    They suspect it may have been caused by another plant inadvertently entering the supply chain.

    The baby spinach was branded by Riviera Farms and available through Costco.

    It had had been sold in a one kilogram plastic containers with a best-before date of December 16.

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    The Telegraph reported a statement from the farm said: “As soon as we were advised of the possible weed contamination from one of our customers, we immediately advised them to remove our imported spinach from their shelves and contacted state and federal health authorities.

    “There is no suggestion, and to our knowledge no possibility, that any other products have been impacted by this weed.”

    People suffering symptoms were advised go to hospital by NSW Health officials as effects would not disappear on their own.

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