Supermarkets recall frozen vegetables over listeria fears

Lloyd Doyle
July 9, 2018

The Food Standard Agency have issued a statement recalling a selection of Greenyard Frozen UK products.

The affected batches include items like bags of mixed vegetables; steam bags containing carrot, broccoli and sweetcorn'; resealable bags of sweetcorn; and supersweet sweetcorn.

Stores in the Kesko and S Group chains in Finland pulled several frozen products from their shelves on Friday, while the Lidl chain of food stores did the same the previous day.

Tesco, Lidl, Aldi and Iceland have pulled bags of own brand frozen vegetables from the shelves over fears they could contain listeria monocytogenes.

Greenyard Frozen UK, based in King's Lynn, Norfolk, has been approached for comment.


You can find the full list of products being recalled on the Food Standard Agency's website. Instead, the FSAI advises people to return the product to the store where it was purchased.

According to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) 11 people in the United Kingdom have been affected by listeriosis since 2015, including two people who died past year.

Initially the source of the bacteria was thought to be sweetcorn, but EFSA said it was possible that other vegetables were also contaminated.

An S Group press release published yesterday tells customers who might be concerned about having already eaten the product that cooking the vegetables kills the bacteria, so a risk applies only if the product was consumed without first heating it.

The same strain of listeria was detected in frozen vegetables produced by a Hungarian company in 2016, 2017 and 2018, the EFSA said. This suggests strains of the bug have persisted in the factory despite cleaning and disinfection procedures being carried out.

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