Frozen vegetables recalled following Listeria fears

A sample of the recalled products. Picture: SUPPLIED

A sample of the recalled products. Picture: SUPPLIED

A self-described ‘global market leader of fresh, frozen and prepared fruit & vegetables’ is recalling a number of products from Australian supermarket shelves.

Greenyard Frozen Belgium NV believes the frozen vegetables, which were available for sale at Woolworths, ALDI, Campbells, IGA and independent grocery stores, could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

A recall issued by Food Standards Australia New Zealand stated Listeria could cause illness in pregnant women and their unborn babies, the elderly, and people with low immune systems.

“While properly cooked frozen vegetables will be safe to eat, the risk to vulnerable populations of eating uncooked or under cooked frozen vegetables is serious,” the agency said. 

“It is estimated that in Australia each year around 150 people are hospitalised with listeriosis and about 15 people die.”

FSANZ has advised any consumers concerned about their health to seek medical advice and to return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Affected products include:

  • 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.

An outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes has been affecting Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom since 2015, according to the European Food Safety Authority.

Forty-seven cases had been reported as of June 15, including nine deaths.

The authority identified frozen corn and possibly other frozen vegetables as the likely source of the outbreak.

For further information, please contact: Woolworths 1800 103 515; ALDI 1800 709 993; Metcash 1300 135 690