Frozen vegetables recalled from Aussie supermarkets over contamination fears

Anna Jefferson
July 13, 2018

Although the listeria virus is unlikely to be fatal for most people, it has resulted in the deaths of six people in Australia this year, with "vulnerable populations" such as pregnant women, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems most at risk.

The Woolworths product is sourced from Belgium and contains frozen sweetcorn sourced from the Greenyard Factory in Hungary.

A raft of frozen vegetable products have been pulled from supermarket shelves across Australia in a major food recall.

In recent weeks, Aldi, Lidl, Iceland, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose have all recalled frozen vegetables due to the risk of Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Customers who have purchased the product were advised to return the product for a full refund.

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The most common way of getting infected is through ready-made foods, but you can also catch listeriosis from someone else who has it; for example, if you eat food they've handled when they haven't washed their hands.

The full list of foods affected by the bacteria have now been revealed, and consumers should be trying their best to avoid them.

A spokesperson for Aldi UK tells FoodIngredientsFirst: "In line with other retailers, we have recalled this product as a precaution as there is a possibility that the product contains traces of listeria".

Listeriosis starts with flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, muscle aches, nausea, and sometimes diarrhoea.

The same strains of the bacteria had been detected in frozen vegetables produced by the same Hungarian company in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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"This suggests that the strains have persisted in the processing plant despite the cleaning and disinfection procedures that were carried out", according to the EFSA.

The food chain reportedly said its food products are independently tested at random.

So the Woolies uncooked savoury rice definitely had its market.

The NSW Government's Food Authority confirmed the recall in a statement this afternoon.

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