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Woolworths recalls frozen rice over Listeria concerns

11 July 2018

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.

Listeria is found widely in the environment, but is particularly unsafe for pregnant women and their unborn babies, and can cause death in people with compromised immune systems.

Countdown has voluntarily withdrawn one if its frozen vegetable Bell Farms' products after a recall in Australia.

Listeria is a type of bacteria that can live in soil, water, dust, animal faeces or other substances.

The outbreak is extremely serious, with nine suspected deaths from listeria bacteria in frozen vegetables reported so far across Europe. Those who are over 70, have diabetes, cancer or even suppressed immune systems are most at risk, as well as pregnant women and their unborn babies.

Earlier this year a listeria outbreak linked to contaminated rockmelons claimed six lives in NSW and Victoria.

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Countdown supermarkets have withdrawn a frozen vegetables product after concerns it may be contaminated with a risky strain of bacteria.

Have you bought any of these frozen vegetables?

The latest food scandal to hit the United Kingdom involves supposed nutritional good guys the vegetables, who, instead of being nice and giving us vitamins and fibre, are now also delivering potentially fatal listeria infections to our overwhelmed freezer compartments.

The same strains of the bacteria had been detected in frozen vegetables produced by the same Hungarian company in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

IGA - Black & Gold Mixed Vegetables 1kg: Carrots, peas, beans & corn - National distribution.

Woolworths recalls frozen rice over Listeria concerns