Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Australia and NZ recall frozen vegetables over listeria fears

Australia and NZ recall frozen vegetables over listeria fears

Wooworths, Aldi and IGA recalled multiple packets of frozen vegetables after a possible listeria outbreak.

Woolworths South Africa has recalled it's frozen savoury rice mix product due to Listeria concerns.

ALDI - Market Fare Mixed Vegetables 1kg QLD, NSW, ACT, WA.

Woolworths reportedly said the recall is a voluntary one and customers will receive a refund.

The product is also sold by Woolworths supermarkets in Australia, which are also owned by Countdown's parent company, Progressive Enterprises.

According to Business Insider, this is the only Woolworths product believed to be affected.

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Supermarkets have recalled bags of frozen vegetables over fears they could contain the potentially deadly bacteria.

An MPI spokeswoman said, once the vegetables were cooked, there was no risk of listeria poisoning.

Some of the products that have been recalled.

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

Hungarian authorities notified Greenyard on June 29, 2018 of their request to recall frozen vegetable products produced in the company's plant in Hungary. Less common symptoms include diarrhoea, nausea and abdominal cramps.

Earlier this year, a local outbreak of listeria blamed on a NSW rockmelon supplier caused at least six deaths and a miscarriage in Victoria and NSW.

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Listeria is particularly unsafe for pregnant women, their unborn children, and newborns.

It can take several weeks after a person is infected before symptoms appear. Thorough cooking ensures that the product is safe.

The mix has sweetcorn from a Greenyard factory in Hungary that may have been the source of a listeria outbreak.

In many cases, listeria presents as a mild illness with fever and muscle aches, but for the immune compromised, young, elderly, and pregnant, it can be much more serious.

In 2016, some of Prime Smoke's smoked salmon products were recalled because they were found to contain the bacteria.

And the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said listeria has been affecting Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom in recent years.

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