Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Frozen vegetables pulled from shelves in Woolworths, ALDI, IGA amid listeria fears

Frozen vegetables pulled from shelves in Woolworths, ALDI, IGA amid listeria fears

Major supermarkets have pulled a range of frozen corn, peas, carrots and mixed vegies from shelves after a listeria outbreak in Europe killed nine people and left dozens ill.

While cooking destroys the listeria bacteria, Woolworths's caution is unsurprising after a devastating outbreak of listeriosis in SA in 2017 claimed 191 lives.

It comes after several United Kingdom supermarkets also removed various frozen vegetable products from their shelves due to concerns about possible Listeria contamination.

Listeria is a serious and sometimes fatal bacterial infection.

It 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.

Customers are being advised not to eat them, and instead return them to the store in exchange for a refund.

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

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

The department said everyone should follow the recall advice issued on Monday by Food Safety Australia New Zealand.

In late June, the Hungarian Food Chain Safety Office banned the marketing of all frozen vegetable and frozen mixed vegetable products produced by the plant between August 2016 and June 2018, and ordered their immediate recall.

Those who have eaten the product and feel unwell should seek medical treatment.

Earlier this year, a local outbreak of listeria blamed on a NSW rockmelon supplier caused at least six deaths and a miscarriage in Victoria and NSW.

Belgium-based company Greenyard Frozen Belgium NV has recalled the frozen vegetables - which include frozen corn, carrot, broccoli and mixed vegetable bags - from Woolworths, IGA and ALDI stores.

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