Frozen vegetables recalled from Aussie supermarkets over contamination fears


Woolworths has recalled its frozen savoury rice mix following a listeria outbreak alert in Europe.

When you're cooking up a storm and you still have to put the pot of rice on the stove, it can be a bit of an effort.

According to the EFSA, new cases could still emerge due to the extended incubation period of listeriosis (up to 70 days); the long shelf-life of frozen corn products; and the consumption of frozen corn bought before the recalls and eaten without being cooked properly.

ALDI (only products with country of origin of Belgium, United Kingdom or Hungary, all other countries not affected) - Market Fare Peas, Carrots and Super Sweet Corn 1kg - National distribution.

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Woolworths Frozen Savoury Rice‚ which is sourced from Belgium‚ contains frozen sweetcorn from the Greenyard Factory in Hungary - which has been implicated as a potential source of the outbreak.

Acting Food Standards Australia New Zealand chief executive Peter May said pregnant women, people whose immune systems are compromised and elderly people, were at a much greater risk from Listeria infection.

Listeria is generally caused by eating food contaminated by the bacteria.

South Africa was early this year hit by a Listeria outbreak that killed over 200 people.

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Woolworths said the affected product had been tested for listeria and was "found to be compliant".

"We have been alerted to the possible presence of listeria in certain frozen vegetable packs".

An FSA risk statement says: "The products listed above might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes".

The general, symptoms include headache, fever, tiredness and aches and pains, as well as diarrhoea, nausea and abdominal cramps. This can lead to more serious problems including meningitis (a brain infection) and septicaemia (blood poisoning).

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Customers who have purchased the product were advised to return the product for a full refund.