Listeria could be lurking in your freezer! And contaminating your frozen peas, carrots, broccoli, corn and more!! 

Consumers are being urged to check their freezers after Food Standards Australia New Zealand issued a frozen vegetable recall on products sold across Australia.

The recall relates to mixed frozen veg packages sold at Woolworths, IGA and ALDI. 

Although no one in Australia has fallen ill from consuming these veggies, Food Standards Australia New Zealand is not taking any chances, especially with the recent listeria outbreaks in various soft cheeses and rockmelon

Frozen Veggies Recall Australia: Fears of Listeria Contamination

The recall relates to a number of frozen products distributed by Greenyard Frozen NV including those sold at:

  • WoolworthsEssentials snap frozen mixed veg 1kg: Carrots, peas, corn, green beans & potatoes – National distribution. Best before dates 19 MAR 2020 through to 24 APR 2020
  • Woolworths – Bell Farms Steam Veggie Carrot Corn and Broccoli 3pk 450g – National distribution, all stock
  • IGA – Black & Gold Corn Kernels 500g – National distribution. Best before all dates
  • IGA – Black & Gold Mixed Vegetables 1kg: Carrots, peas, beans & corn – National distribution. Best before all dates
  • ALDI – Market Fare Peas, Carrots and Super Sweet Corn 1kg – National distribution
  • ALDI – Market Fare Corn Kernels 1kg QLD, VIC, WA and select NSW stores. Product of Hungary (only)
  • ALDI – Market Fare Mixed Vegetables 1kg QLD, NSW, ACT, WA. Packed in Belgium from imported and Belgian ingredients (only)
  • ALDI – Market Fare Quick Steam Carrot Broccoli and Cauliflower 450g – National distribution
  • ALDI – Market Fare Quick Steam Carrot Corn and Broccoli 450g – National distribution
Frozen vegetable recall
The range of frozen vegetables being recalled due to Listeria concerns.

Recall Comes After Several Listeria Deaths in Europe

So far no one in Australia has been affected by the recalled veggies. But many people in the UK and Europe have fallen ill and even died from the same strain of listeria detected in frozen veggies produced by Greenyard Frozen NV.

Despite extensive cleaning and contamination procedures, the bacteria keeps cropping up in Greenyard Frozen NV products. Since 2015 there have been 47 cases of listeria contamination and nine deaths confirmed in Europe, all linked to frozen veggies.

Listeria Signs and Symptoms 

Listeria is a very serious bacterial infection that can result in death. It is especially dangerous for pregnant mummas and their unborn babies.

Listeriosis usually starts with flu-like symptoms and sometimes stomach upset. The symptoms can take a few days or up to six weeks to appear after eating contaminated produce.

What Should Consumers Do

Any consumers should return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund or simply bin the product. For further information please contact:

  • Woolworths – 1800 103 515
  • ALDI – 1800 709 993
  • Metcash for IGA – 1300 135 690

Food Standards Australia New Zealand also urges those who have consumed the recalled veggies to seek medical advice. For more information visit their website.

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe, including her son, daughter, cat, dog and partner. When she's not writing, you can find her lounging by the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach or nagging her kids to put on their pants.

1 Comment

  1. Elizabeth Gully Reply

    Hi I am very concerned not that I buy these veg but I do buy other frozen veg.
    Last week my 7 year old grand daughter Kiera who has a mace end up in Campbelltown hospital with Noro virus vomiting diarrhoea and serve cramps.
    Yes she had a blood test but she has been not in contact with anyone sick .
    She was in hospital for four days.
    We all had this it was horrid ..
    Now I do not know what too do ..
    wow we just had lunch frozen veg was served after being cooked,. But are the kids going to get sick…

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