Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Woolworths is recalling rice over fears of Listeria

Woolworths is recalling rice over fears of Listeria

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand have recalled nine products - a mix of corn, carrot, pea and broccoli ranges - that originated from Britain, Belgium and Hungary.

The outbreak has been blamed on frozen sweetcorn, so products which have likely come into contact are now being recalled.

A fatal case of listeria in Victoria could be related to the current outbreak linked to frozen vegetables.

On 29 June 2018, the Hungarian Food Chain Safety Office banned the marketing of all frozen vegetable and frozen mixed vegetable products produced by the affected plant between August 2016 and June 2018, and ordered their immediate withdrawal and recall.

According to the EFSA, new cases could still emerge due to the extended incubation period of listeriosis (up to 70 days); the long shelf-life of frozen corn products; and the consumption of frozen corn bought before the recalls and eaten without being cooked properly.

"None of our other frozen sweetcorn or vegetable products are affected", said the statement from the retailer.

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To verify the safety of our food products, we implement additional monitoring where we independently have our food products tested randomly. "Thorough cooking would ensure that the product is safe".

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.

Foodstuffs spokeswoman Antoinette Laird says the recalled products aren't sold in Foodstuffs stores.

It can be more serious for people with weakened immune systems and also the elderly, pregnant women and infants. It is most commonly found in raw foods such as fruit or vegetables.

Listeriosis is a rare infection caused by the bacteria listeria.

ALDI - Only products with country of origin of Belgium, United Kingdom or Hungary. "Also in pregnant women listeria can cause miscarriage, and if the baby is born it could have brain damage".

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