Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

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Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has released a list of nine products sold at Woolworths, Aldi, and IGA stores.

A number of frozen vegetable mixes have been recalled from Australian supermarkets because of listeria contamination fears.

The factory is said to be implicated as a likely source of a Listeria outbreak in Europe.

The food chain says this is a voluntary recall and customers will receive a full refund.

The Hungarian Food Safety Agency also recalled some of their products as a precautionary measure recently.

Listeriosis is an illness caused by eating contaminated food and can grow in food at refrigeration temperatures.

So the Woolies uncooked savoury rice definitely had its market.

Products that are being recalled include frozen corn, peas, beans, spinach and sorrel and United Kingdom supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury's, Lidl, Aldi, Waitrose and Iceland are all affected.

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A spokesperson for Aldi UK tells FoodIngredientsFirst: "In line with other retailers, we have recalled this product as a precaution as there is a possibility that the product contains traces of listeria".

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

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

The patient, who was also being treated for another serious illness, died earlier this year meaning Victoria's health department has been unable to determine if they had consumed any of the frozen vegetable products.

This after an ST6 strain of listeria was found at an Enterprise Foods facility in Polokwane.

Listeria starts with flu-like symptoms before developing into septicemia and the swelling of the brain - if left untreated.

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