Woolworths Recalls Frozen Rice mix amid Listeria Concerns

13 Juillet, 2018, 07:22 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • The affected products

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has issued a recall for a range of frozen vegetables that were sourced from Greenyard Frozen Belgium NV, which may contain the pathogen.

The outbreak is extremely serious, with nine suspected deaths from listeria bacteria in frozen vegetables reported so far across Europe.

However, Woolworths is voluntarily recalling this product as a precautionary measure, on the global instruction of the Hungarian Food Safety Agency.

"To verify the safety of our food products, we implement additional monitoring where we independently have our food products tested randomly", the retailer said.

Listeria is a harmful bacteria that thrives in ready-to-eat foods that have already been cooked when purchased.

The rice mix is uncooked and frozen, and requires cooking before consumption.

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An FSA risk statement says: "The products listed above might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes".

Acting FSANZ CEO Peter May said pregnant women, elderly people and people whose immune systems are compromised such as cancer patients are particularly at risk and he has urged vulnerable people to check their freezers for the vegetables.

The company withdrew one batch of the Bell Farms frozen vegetables on Friday from all Countdown, SuperValue, and FreshChoice stores and has since recalled all batches of the product.

Only ALDI products with country of origin Belgium, Hungary or the United Kingdom are affected by the recall. However, listeria can also be found in ready to eat foods that have been contaminated during processing. Product of Hungary (only).

Listeria is a type of bacteria that can live in soil, water, dust, animal faeces or other substances. "Also in pregnant women listeria can cause miscarriage, and if the baby is born it could have brain damage".

Woolworths said it proactively manages and prevents microbial contamination of food, and has very strict protocols in place.

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