Listeria risk in frozen vegetables prompts Finnish shops to pull products

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 7, 2018

Stores in the Kesko and S Group chains in Finland pulled several frozen products from their shelves on Friday, while the Lidl chain of food stores did the same the previous day.

Health authorities in the United Kingdom, where 43 products have been recalled due to the Listeria risk, say that all frozen vegetables should be cooked thoroughly before eating, including those that will be added to salads, smoothies and dips.

The products include Tesco frozen broccoli, carrot and sweetcorn steamer, and Aldi four seasons four seasons frozen vegetable steamers, are made by Belgian firm Greenyard Frozen UK.

The Food Standards Agency said the veg may contain listeria monocytogenes which can cause listeriosis, a rare illness responsible for the death of two people in the United Kingdom past year.

Last week the Hungarian food safety authorities banned the sale of frozen vegetables produced by a Greenyard plant in Hungary over the past two years. The recall was implemented voluntarily by the company, ahead of any requirement by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

According to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) 11 people in the United Kingdom have been affected by listeriosis since 2015, including two people who died past year. The notices would explain to customers why the products were being recalled and what to do if they has bought any of affected items.

Earlier this week, the FSA said frozen sweetcorn and other frozen vegetables were the likely source of the outbreak in five countries, including the UK.

The EFSA said listeria has been affecting Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom since 2015.

Customers are advised to not eat any products that may be included in these batches. This suggests strains of the bug have persisted in the factory despite cleaning and disinfection procedures being carried out.

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