Australia and NZ recall frozen vegetables over listeria fears

Lloyd Doyle
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.

A number of brand names are affected by the recall, including Woolworths homebrand and IGA Black & Gold mixed vegetable and corn kernel products.

There are concerns that the products may be contaminated with listeria, a potentially deadly food-borne bacteria.

It is recommended that anyone in possession of the listed products dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase for a refund, the food standards agency said.

Countdown supermarkets have withdrawn a frozen vegetables product after concerns it may be contaminated with a unsafe strain of bacteria.

In serious cases, the disease can be fatal for sick patients.

The elderly, pregnant women and their unborn and newborn babies, and people with weakened immune systems, are most at risk.

Listeria in tainted melon killed seven people in Australia earlier this year.

Listeriosis starts with flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, muscle aches, nausea, and sometimes diarrhoea.

Six Australians died from eating the listeria-infected fruit in February.

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.

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