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:
- Woolworths – Essentials 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
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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