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

Different packs of frozen vegetables Frozen vegetables pulled from shelves in Woolworths, ALDI, IGA amid listeria fears
Conrad Doyle | 13 July, 2018, 11:26

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

When you're cooking up a storm and you still have to put the pot of rice on the stove, it can be a bit of an effort.

In May this year, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said the number of cases of Listeriosis reported had decreased since the implicated products were recalled in 4 March.

The Countdown spokeswoman said the Bell Farms' steamed vegetable mix was being recalled by Belgium company Greenyard Frozen BelgiumV, where it may have been packaged.

Listeria is a life-threatening illness for certain people, particularly those over the age of 60.

Woolworths reportedly said the recall is a voluntary one and customers will receive a refund.

Those who are over 70, have diabetes, cancer or even suppressed immune systems are most at risk, as well as pregnant women and their unborn babies.

The Department of Health and Human Services has today confirmed it's the same strain of listeria that has since been linked to a recall of a range of frozen vegetables; however, it can't be certain that the Victorian patient had consumed the now-recalled product.

"Along with the FSA, FSS (Food Standards Scotland) and HPS (Health Protection Scotland), we are reminding people that most frozen vegetables, including sweetcorn, need to be cooked before eating".

According to Business Insider, this is the only Woolworths product believed to be affected. A listeria outbreak has hit five countries in the last three years - Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the United Kingdom. "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".

About 20 per cent of frozen vegetables sold in Australia are from overseas.

She adds the decision to recall the products is a precaution based on instructions of the European Union (EU). "Thorough cooking would ensure that the product is safe".

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