Frozen vegetables recalled from Aussie supermarkets over contamination fears

Roman Schwartz
July 13, 2018

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has issued a recall for a range of frozen vegetables that were sourced from Greenyard Frozen Belgium NV, which may contain the pathogen.

The move comes just days after watchdogs named 43 types of frozen sweetcorn products that have been withdrawn over fears that they may be contaminated with a bacteria called listeria monocytogenes, better known as listeria.

The European Food Safety Authority said there had been 47 cases including nine deaths since an outbreak in Europe in 2015 linked to the affected vegetables. Woolworths said it regards food safety as "of critical importance".

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said the vegetables may contain Listeria monocytogenes which can cause listeriosis, a rare illness responsible for the death of two people in the United Kingdom a year ago.

"The mix is uncooked and frozen so requires cooking before consumption".

"None of our other frozen sweetcorn or vegetable products are affected".

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"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. Thorough cooking ensures that the product is safe.

Listeria is a threat to people with low immune systems, pregnant women and unborn babies.

"We're asking customers who have bought these products not to consume them, and to return them to their nearest Sainsbury's store where they will receive a full refund".

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

Listeria is a bacterium that is naturally found in the environment. It can lead to sepsis and meningitis (infection and inflammation of membranes surrounding the brain).

"If you are a healthy adult you'd have to eat a lot of frozen vegetables to make you sick because most of the potentially risky bacteria is killed by the acid in your stomach", Mr Kennedy said.

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