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Deadly bacteria fears: Supermarkets recall frozen vegetables

11 July 2018, 05:23 | Glen Norman

Aldi is one of the chains affected by the product recall

Aldi is one of the chains affected by the product recall

Woolworths said that while random tests on the product had found no evidence of listeria, the move was a precautionary measure and had been taken on global instruction.

Woolworths assured customers that other frozen products like their sweetcorn or vegetables are not believed to be affected.

It 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.

There are concerns that the products may be contaminated with listeria, a potentially deadly food-borne bacteria.

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The recall, linked to a factory in Europe, prompted calls from local growers for shoppers to "buy Australian".

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has named 10 frozen vegetable products which pose a listeria risk.

Listeria in tainted melon killed seven people in Australia earlier this year.

The listeria bacteria can live in your system for 1-6 weeks and patients might only see the first symptoms after 3 weeks of being infected.

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Some of the vegetables were imported from Europe, and the recall in Australia comes after products were removed from shelves in the United Kingdom over the same contamination fears.

The health department has been unable to determine if the patient had consumed any of the recalled frozen vegetable products.

According to the European Food Safety Authority, the outbreak has been ongoing since 2015 and has also affected Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden.

ALDI - Market Fare Corn Kernels 1kg QLD, VIC, WA and select NSW stores. They detected 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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ALDI - Market Fare Mixed Vegetables 1kg QLD, NSW, ACT, WA.



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