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


In late June, the Hungarian Food Chain Safety Office banned the marketing of all frozen vegetable and frozen mixed vegetable products made by the plant from August 2016 to June 2018, said the EFSA.

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.

In a statement, the company said the product, which is sourced from a factory in Hungary, had been implicated as the potential source of a Listeria outbreak in Europe.

Greenyard says the recall initiative of these products does not imply that they are actually contaminated and stresses its commitment to taking a maximum of precautionary measures as "food safety is Greenyard's number one priority".

Listeriosis is seen as a serious illness and is caused by the Listeria bacteria, with infection usually caused by eating contaminated foods.

The products include snap frozen vegetable mixes, corn kernels, quick-steam carrot, broccoli and cauliflower mixes, and pea, carrot and sweet corn mixes.

ALDI: Only products with country of origin of Belgium, United Kingdom or Hungary, all other countries not affected. Thorough cooking ensures that the product is safe.

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Customers who have purchased the product, should return the product to their local store for a full refund.

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

It poses the biggest threat to elderly people, pregnant women, babies and people with weak immune systems.

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

"We endorse the advice to cook frozen products until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for at least two minutes".

"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.