Listeria: Woolworths recalls 'food product'

Listeria: Woolworths recalls 'food product'

Australia has become caught up in a European food scare, with supermarkets across the country recalling bags of frozen vegetables over fears they may contain a deadly bacteria.

It said none of its other frozen sweetcorn or vegetable products is believed to be affected.

"The products affected contain a particularly unsafe strain of listeria and are being recalled as a precautionary measure to ensure consumers are protected, but particularly vulnerable populations", May said.

Consumers can return recalled products to get a refund, and stores are clearing all suspect foods from their freezer cabinets.

Tesco, Lidl and Sainsbury's are all at the mercy of the listeria virus, thought to have spread over from a Hungarian frozen food factory. We have not received any complaints. "We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause".

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Listeria can cause a life threatening infection, with symptoms similar to the flu including a high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhoea.

- Market Fare Corn Kernels 1kg QLD, VIC, WA and select NSW stores.


Whole genome sequencing was used to identify the food source, which initially was thought to be limited to frozen corn. Contaminated sweetcorn has so far been linked to 47 cases of illness across Europe, with nine deaths reported.

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

"This suggests that the strains have persisted in the processing plant despite the cleaning and disinfection procedures that were carried out", according to the EFSA.

The rice mix is uncooked and frozen, and requires cooking before consumption. It is most commonly found in raw foods such as fruit or vegetables.

In vulnerable people, listeriosis can be serious and fatal. "Also in pregnant women listeria can cause miscarriage, and if the baby is born it could have brain damage".

ALDI - Only products with country of origin of Belgium, United Kingdom or Hungary.

Woolworths said it proactively manages and prevents microbial contamination of food, and has very strict protocols in place.

"There are indications that contaminated products may still be on the market or that contaminated products purchased before the recalls are still being consumed", the authority said.

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