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Woolies recalls frozen rice over Listeria fears

13 July, 2018, 10:10 | Author: Sara Gill
  • Different packs of frozen vegetables

Greenyard Frozen Belgium NV is conducting a recall of the products which have been available for sale at Woolworths, ALDI and IGA, Campbells and Independent grocery stores.

So the Woolies uncooked savoury rice definitely had its market.

Woolworths said on Tuesday it has issued a recall of its frozen savoury rice mix product which contains sweetcorn imported from a factory suspected of being the source of a Listeria outbreak in Europe.

If anyone has already bought any of the following products, supermarkets are offering a full refund.

The patient - who had another serious illness - died earlier this year, Victoria's health department said.

New Zealand's Ministry of Primary Industries contacted New Zealand supermarkets on Monday to see if they stock products affected by a listeria outbreak in Australia. A listeria outbreak has hit five countries in the last three years - Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the United Kingdom.

"We have been alerted to the possible presence of listeria in certain frozen vegetable packs".

Listeriosis, caused by Listeria, is a flu-like disease which weakens the immune systems and causes fever muscles aches and diarrhoea.

She said: "The best way to prevent listeriosis is to practise good food hygiene".

Other frozen sweetcorn and vegetable products are not affected, the retailer added. At this stage, Greenyard says that it does not have specific data or confirmation on health issues linked to contamination of its products, but that it is continuing to monitor this and has taken a range of measures to pre-empt potential health risks. "Thorough cooking would ensure that the product is safe".

It can contaminate a wide variety of food types, including meat and meat products, dairy products both unpasteurised and pasteurised, fresh and frozen produce and ready-to-eat products. "As a producer of frozen vegetable products, we recommend our customers to include cooking instructions on each packaging".



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