Pregnant woman among 17 stricken by salmonella poisoning after eating bakery chicken

A pregnant woman is among 17 people to fall ill after eating salmonella-infected chicken purchased from a bakery.

Alicia Cole is one of three South Australians who required treatment in hospital after eating the contaminated meat, South Australia Health has confirmed.

Ms Cole fell ill after eating a chicken and salad sandwich purchased by her partner from Gawler South Bakery.

A number of other cases of salmonella poisoning have emerged in the last fortnight.

There have been 17 cases of salmonella in the past fortnight traced to Gawler South Bakery. (9NEWS)There have been 17 cases of salmonella in the past fortnight traced to Gawler South Bakery. (9NEWS)

Sandwiches, wraps and focaccias are among food items sold by the bakery – located in a small town on the outskirts of Adelaide – confirmed to have contained the chicken, which is cooked and shredded on site. 

All related aspects of food production have since been suspended, as SA Health conducts an investigation into the cause of the contamination.

SA Health said it is committed to enforcing proper sanitation measures at the bakery. The business however is continuing to sell a number of cooked products.

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Another woman has since posted to Facebook, complaining several members of her family also fell ill after eating a meal from the bakery.

The bakery has had to stop selling a range of sandwich-like products. (9NEWS)The bakery has had to stop selling a range of sandwich-like products. (9NEWS)

“I loved your bakery – until three members of my family got salmonella over Christmas,” she wrote.

“We just got our eight-year-old, two-and-a-half-year-old and her dad out of hospital.”

Last October eight of Gawler South Bakery’s customers reported being struck down with the illness. SA Health chose not to investigate.

Salmonella infection is usually the result of bacteria from contaminated food, water, or hands.

The bakery, located in a small town on the outskirts of Adelaide, is cooperating with SA Health and continues to trade its wares. (9NEWS)The bakery, located in a small town on the outskirts of Adelaide, is cooperating with SA Health and continues to trade its wares. (9NEWS)

Eggs, meat and poultry are considered particularly high-risk.

People can experience symptoms between 12 and 72 hours after exposure and include fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, headaches, stomach cramps and loss of appetite.

Anybody suffering these symptoms is advised to see their doctor.

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