Woolworths recalls rice mix after Europe listeria alert


The products have been available for sale at Woolworths, ALDI and IGA, Campbells and independent grocery stores.

The company said they took this issue very seriously and that this was a safety concern, with no other food products affected.

Listeriosis is an illness usually caused by eating food contaminated by bacteria which can grow in food at refrigeration temperatures, the department said.

The health department has been unable to determine if the patient had consumed any of the recalled frozen vegetable products.

In recent weeks, Aldi, Lidl, Iceland, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose have all recalled frozen vegetables due to the risk of Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Customers who have purchased the product should return the product to their local store for a full refund.

Listeria is found widely in the environment, but is particularly risky for pregnant women and their unborn babies, and can cause death in people with compromised immune systems.

The risk is low for healthy adults with most patients suffering flu-like symptoms.

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

The European Food Safety Authority said there had been 47 cases including nine deaths since an outbreak in Europe in 2015 linked to the affected vegetables.

"The mix is uncooked and frozen so requires cooking before consumption".

Food Standards Australia New Zealand chief executive Peter May warned Australians to check their freezers for the possibly contaminated products.

Woolworths: Bell Farms Steam Veggie Carrot Corn and Broccoli 3pk 450g.

IGA - Black & Gold Corn Kernels 500g - National distribution.

ALDI: Market Fare Mixed Vegetables 1kg.

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

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