What is listeria and why are frozen products being recalled?

Postado Julho 13, 2018

New Zealand Countdown supermarkets are recalling a frozen vegetable mix as a precaution amid fears it could contain a particularly risky strain of listeria.

When you're cooking up a storm and you still have to put the pot of rice on the stove, it can be a bit of an effort.

Imported from Belgium and Hungary, the products were being sold at some of the nation's largest supermarket chains including Woolworths, Aldi and Independent Grocers Australia.

So there were definitely people out there out there throwing bags of frozen rice into their trollies and saying thank you to the retailer for making their life easier.

ALDI - Market Fare Corn Kernels 1kg QLD, VIC, WA and select NSW stores.

New Zealand businesses that have had reported cases of the bacteria include a raw milk business in Southland, which was closed in September past year after batches of the milk tested positive for listeria.

The factory is said to be implicated as a likely source of a Listeria outbreak in Europe.

The government's Food Standards Agency has a complete list of the recalled products, so take your slushy bag back to the shops for your 99p refund.

Acting FSANZ CEO Peter May said pregnant women, people whose immune systems were compromised (eg cancer patients) and elderly people should check their freezers for the recalled items that are possibly contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.

He also urged anyone who has purchased the potentially contaminated products to discard them immediately and seek medical attention should any symptoms arise, adding: "Our industry's number one priority is the safety of consumers". Product of Hungary (only). "Also in pregnant women listeria can cause miscarriage, and if the baby is born it could have brain damage".

This measure was triggered by more advanced research (whole genome sequencing) by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), indicating that there was a potential contamination with a specific type of listeria, which might incur health risks in case frozen vegetables are not properly cooked before consumption.

"As a producer of frozen vegetable products, we recommend our customers to include cooking instructions on each packaging".