Listeria outbreak: Lidl recall MORE vegetables over deadly bacteria

Daniel Fowler
July 13, 2018

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand have recalled nine products - a mix of corn, carrot, pea and broccoli ranges - that originated from Britain, Belgium and Hungary. Woolworths said it regards food safety as "of critical importance".

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.

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

Woolworths' Karin Carstensen says the product is manufactured in Belgium using ingredients from Hungary.

The move comes just days after watchdogs named 43 types of frozen sweetcorn products that have been withdrawn over fears that they may be contaminated with a bacteria called listeria monocytogenes, better known as listeria.

So there were definitely people out there out there throwing bags of frozen rice into their trollies and saying thank you to the retailer for making their life easier.

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

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Although uncommon, it can be particularly unsafe for pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

New Zealand businesses that have had reported cases of the bacteria include a raw milk business in Southland, which was closed in September a year ago after batches of the milk tested positive for listeria.

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

Woolworths reportedly said it has proactive measures in place to prevent any microbial contamination of food.

The department has said it is not possible to confirm whether this person actually consumed any of the frozen vegetable products. In pregnant women, listeria can lead to miscarriage, infection of the newborn, or stillbirth.

The NSW Government's Food Authority confirmed the recall in a statement this afternoon.

"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".

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