Frozen vegetables recalled from Aussie supermarkets over listeria concerns

Irving Hamilton
July 10, 2018

Belgium-based frozen food distributor Greenyard Frozen NV is conducting the recall of its products and United Kingdom supermarkets - Aldi, Lidl, Iceland, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose - have also removed various frozen vegetable products from their shelves due to concerns about possible listeria contamination.

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In February, contaminated rockmelons from a New South Wales rockmelon farm resulted in six deaths in NSW and Victoria and just last month, 21 people in South Australia were struck down with salmonella poisoning linked to alfalfa sprouts.

Belgium-based company Greenyard Frozen Belgium NV has recalled the frozen vegetables - which include frozen corn, carrot, broccoli and mixed vegetable bags - from Woolworths, IGA and ALDI stores.

"The products affected contain a particularly risky strain of listeria and are being recalled as a precautionary measure to ensure consumers are protected", chief executive Peter May said.

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He said cooking the vegetables should kill the bacteria, but warned against eating undefrosted or undercooked frozen vegetables.

Listeria is a life-threatening illness for certain people, particularly those over the age of 60.

Listeria is found widely in the environment, but is particularly unsafe for pregnant women and their unborn babies, and can cause death in people with compromised immune systems.

It has symptoms that are similar to flu, including high temperature, muscle ache, sickness and diarrhoea.

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