Woolworths recalls rice mix after Europe listeria alert

Woolworths recalls rice mix after Europe listeria alert

Woolworths recalls rice mix after Europe listeria alert

Mr May said that people who have the recalled frozen vegetable products (listed below) in their freezers should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them.

Listeriosis is a rare infection caused by the bacteria listeria.

South African department store chain Woolworths Holdings Ltd is recalling a frozen savoury rice mix following a worldwide product recall issued by the Hungarian Food Safety Agency due to an outbreak of listeria in Europe.

"If you are a healthy adult you'd have to eat a lot of frozen vegetables to make you sick because most of the potentially risky bacteria is killed by the acid in your stomach", Mr Kennedy said.

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"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".

A Countdown frozen vegetable medley has been recalled over fears it could contain listeria.

But after the 44 products were recalled - Lidl has now issued another recall for 640g bags of Green Grocer Carrots, Broccoli and Sweetcorn. Symptoms may include headaches, fever, tiredness and aches and pains. This Greenyard Factory has been implicated as the potential source of a Listeria outbreak in Europe.

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

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"The mix is uncooked and frozen so requires cooking before consumption".

In Australia, Aldi's own-brand line of frozen vegetables, Market Fare, was among those affected, as was Essentials and Bell Farms products, which are sold at Woolworths. Listeria can invade the central nervous system and cause meningitis and even brain infection.

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

The Greenyard statement continues: "We are in close contact with competent authorities to assess further information together and we fully support any further research, as food safety and the health of consumers are obviously our number one priority". "As a producer of frozen vegetable products, we recommend our customers to include cooking instructions on each packaging".

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