MAJOR RECAL: Listeria outbreak found in 9 frozen food products with pregnant women at risk

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has reported an urgent recall on frozen vegetables from major supermarkets.

The products have been recalled due to a listeria outbreak in Europe which has killed nine people and left dozens ill.

The recalled vegies were sold at IGA, Aldi and Woolworths and include the brands Black and Gold, Bell Farms, Market Fare and Essentials.

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Listeria frozen food outbreak

Food Standards Australia New Zealand chief executive Peter May warned Australians to check their freezers for the possibly contaminated products.

“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,” he said.

The Herald Sun reports about 15 Australians die from listeriosis every year, with 150 sent to hospital.

Full list of the recalled frozen foods

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Source: Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Consumers are urged not to eat the products and to return to the place of purchase for a refund.

Woolworths — Essentials snap frozen mixed veg 1kg: Carrots, peas, corn, green beans & potatoes — National distribution Best Before 19 MAR 2020 through to 24 APR 2020

Woolworths — Bell Farms Steam Veggie Carrot Corn and Broccoli 3pk 450g — National distribution, all stock

IGA — Black & Gold Corn Kernels 500g — National distribution Best Before all dates

IGA — Black & Gold Mixed Vegetables 1kg: Carrots, peas, beans & corn — National distribution Best Before all dates

ALDI — Market Fare Peas, Carrots and Super Sweet Corn 1kg — National distribution

ALDI — Market Fare Corn Kernels 1kg QLD, VIC, WA and select NSW stores Product of Hungary (only)

ALDI — Market Fare Mixed Vegetables 1kg QLD, NSW, ACT, WA Packed in Belgium from Imported and Belgian Ingredients (only)

ALDI — Market Fare Quick Steam Carrot Broccoli and Cauliflower 450g — National distribution

ALDI — Market Fare Quick Steam Carrot Corn and Broccoli 450g — National distribution

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

What is listeria?

Listeria is a bacterium that can contaminate food, leading to listeriosis. While it is uncommon, it can be dangerous to vulnerable groups.

It’s primarily transmitted by eating contaminated food, however the transmission can also happen in utero.

What are the symptoms?

For pregnant women, the symptoms will usually present as a mild flu-like illness, but some women will have no symptoms at all. Becoming infected during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm labour, and sepsis or meningitis in the baby.

In immunosuppressed patients, listeriosis will usually cause sepsis, meningitis and meningoencephalitis. Infections such as pneumonia, endocarditis and granulomatous lesions in the liver and other joints are also possible.

Healthy adults usually aren’t affected but may experience mild to moderate flu-like symptoms and gastro.

Make sure you visit your doctor if you’re concerned, or are experiencing any symptoms.

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