The Threat of Listeria is behind the recall by authorities of nine frozen food products, following an outbreak in Europe.
The range of frozen corn, peas, carrots and mixed vegetables have been pulled from shelves at IGA, Aldi and Woolworths and include the brands Black and Gold, Bell Farms, Market Fare and Essentials.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand chief executive Peter May wants all of us to check the freezer.
“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.”
We’re being told not to eat the products and to return them to the place of purchase for a refund.
Here’s what to look for:
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.
Nine people have died in the European outbreak which is thought to have stemmed from issues at a factory in Hungary.
Listeria monocytogenes pose a major risk to pregnant women, the elderly and those with immune system issues.