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Woolworths pulls packaged rice mix after Listeria scare

Woolworths pulls packaged rice mix after Listeria scare”

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

The recalled vegies were sold at IGA, Aldi and Woolworths and include the brands Black and Gold, Bell Farms, Market Fare and Essentials. To date, 43 sweetcorn-based products have been withdrawn by supermarket supplier Greenyard.

"Standards in Australia are some of the highest in the world, and now it's really easy to check, by having a quick look at the package to see where the product has come from, and you can make much more sensible decisions".

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.

Scientists used whole genome sequencing to determine that the source was likely frozen corn and possibly other frozen vegetables. We have not received any complaints.

"On 6 July the affected companies undertook precautionary action".

Customers who have purchased the product can return it to their local store for a full refund. "We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause".

Listeriosis starts with flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, muscle aches, nausea, and sometimes diarrhoea.

It is particularly unsafe for pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

She said: "The best way to prevent listeriosis is to practise good food hygiene".

"The same strains of L. monocytogenes have been detected in frozen vegetables produced by the same Hungarian company in 2016, 2017 and 2018".

More than a week ago, the Hungarian agency banned the marketing of all frozen vegetable and frozen mixed vegetable products made by the affected Hungarian plant and ordered their immediate withdrawal and recall.

Listeriosis is a bacterial disease caused by listeria. It can lead to sepsis and meningitis (infection and inflammation of membranes surrounding the brain).

European distributor Greenyard Frozen Belgium NV issued the recall today after an outbreak was traced to Belgium and Hungary.

Listeria is generally caused by eating food contaminated by the bacteria.

Carstensen says the product has been tested and found to be compliant.

The NSW Government's Food Authority confirmed the recall in a statement this afternoon. "Thorough cooking would ensure that the product is safe".



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