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

Cornelia Mascio
Luglio 13, 2018

Food Standards Australia New Zealand issued the recall on Monday which led to people checking their freezers for the products which may be contaminated.

A spokeswoman for Fine Fare Food Market, which operates both chains in the UAE, confirmed that shoppers will receive a full refund.

Tesco, Lidl and Sainsbury's are all at the mercy of the listeria virus, thought to have spread over from a Hungarian frozen food factory.

According to Business Insider, this is the only Woolworths product believed to be affected.

The listeria case was identified in Australia in February and is now being linked to the recalled frozen vegetables.

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An MPI spokeswoman said, once the vegetables were cooked, there was no risk of listeria poisoning.

"What we're trying to do now is establish which suppliers have the product that is affected not only from Australia but around the world", the MPI spokeswoman said.

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.

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.

Listeria may cause illness in pregnant women and their unborn babies, the elderly and people with low immune systems. "Symptoms caused by this organism can be similar to flu and include high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhea".

People at risk are advised to contact their doctors immediately after possible symptoms appear.

"The products affected contain a particularly risky strain of listeria and are being recalled as a precautionary measure to ensure consumers are protected, but particularly vulnerable populations", May said.

Nine deaths in Europe have been reported during the outbreak, which is believed to have started at a packaging plant in Hungary.

The Victorian, whose age and gender have not been supplied by the state's health department, was also being treated for another serious illness when they died.

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