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Don't Cool Down by Eating Frozen Supermarket Vegetables

Don't Cool Down by Eating Frozen Supermarket Vegetables”

Major supermarkets have pulled a range of frozen corn, peas, carrots and mixed vegies from shelves after a listeria outbreak in Europe killed nine people and left dozens ill.

Yesterday, Food Standards Australia New Zealand issued an alert for a number of brands of Belgium-made vegetable products prompting recalls across Australia's Aldi, Woolworths and IGA supermarkets.

Listeriosis is an illness usually caused by eating food contaminated by bacteria which can grow in food at refrigeration temperatures, the department said.

It can be more serious for people with weakened immune systems and also the elderly, pregnant women and infants.

About 20 per cent of frozen vegetables sold in Australia are from overseas. Symptoms in humans include gastroenteritis and flu-like symptoms.

It is recommended that anyone in possession of the listed products dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase for a refund, the food standards agency said.

A New Zealand Countdown spokesperson said in a statement it was aware of one product it stocked, Bell Farms Steam Veggies Carrot, Corn and Broccoli 3pk 450g, which was at risk.

According to the European Food Safety Authority, the outbreak has been ongoing since 2015 and has also affected Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden.

The rice mix is uncooked and frozen, and requires cooking before consumption.

Those who have eaten the product and feel unwell should seek medical treatment.

Aldi, Lidl, Iceland, Sainsbury's, Tesco, and Waitrose have recalled frozen vegetable packages, including packets of sweetcorn and mixed vegetables, because they could contain listeria monocytogenes, which can cause listeriosis.

Listeria in tainted melon killed seven people in Australia earlier this year.

ALDI: Only products with country of origin of Belgium, United Kingdom or Hungary, all other countries not affected.



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