Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Economy | By Shawn Conner

Don't Cool Down by Eating Frozen Supermarket Vegetables

Don't Cool Down by Eating Frozen Supermarket Vegetables

It can contaminate a wide variety of food types, including meat and meat products, dairy products both unpasteurised and pasteurised, fresh and frozen produce and ready-to-eat products.

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

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".

The frozen vegetable packets being recalled.

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Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology food scientist Gary Kennedy said the recall was a necessary but cautious exercise because risk of illness was only present if frozen vegetables with listeria were consumed uncooked by a vulnerable section of the population. Symptoms may include headaches, fever, tiredness and aches and pains.

Acting Food Standards Australia New Zealand chief executive Peter May said pregnant women, people whose immune systems are compromised and elderly people, were at a much greater risk from Listeria infection.

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

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

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

The news of the death, which occurred earlier this year, comes days after a recall of frozen food products contaminated with the deadly bacteria.

Woolworths' Karin Carstensen says the product is manufactured in Belgium using ingredients from Hungary. It can lead to sepsis and meningitis (infection and inflammation of membranes surrounding the brain).

"To verify the safety of our food products, we implement additional monitoring where we independently have our food products tested randomly", the store said, adding the testing included listeria checks.

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

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