Deadly bacteria fears: Supermarkets recall frozen vegetables

Deadly bacteria fears: Supermarkets recall frozen vegetables

The products were being sold at Woolworths, ALDI and IGA, Campbells and independent grocery stores under brand names Woolworths Essentials, Black and Gold and Market Fare.

A raft of frozen vegetable products have been pulled from supermarket shelves across Australia in a major food recall.

Food authorities said the vegetables could carry listeria monocytogenes which can cause listeriosis.

Sweetcorn is the number one suspect food that needs to be eliminated, but frozen beans, peas, mixed veg and peppers are also on the danger list.

Woolworths has recalled a frozen savoury rice product after the supplier of the product was identified as a possible source of Listeria.

The listeria bacteria can live in your system for 1-6 weeks and patients might only see the first symptoms after 3 weeks of being infected.


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

"While many people will follow cooking instructions properly, which should kill listeria bacteria, we are aware that some people eat frozen vegetables straight from the freezer and there is a risk of some people not cooking produce properly", he said.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has named 10 frozen vegetable products which pose a listeria risk.

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.

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

A spokeswoman for Fine Fare Food Market, which operates both chains in the UAE, confirmed that shoppers will receive a full refund. National distribution, only products with country of origin of Belgium, United Kingdom or Hungary, all other countries not affected.

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