Woolworths Recalls Frozen Rice Mix Amid European Listeriosis Outbreak

Woolworths Recalls Frozen Rice Mix Amid European Listeriosis Outbreak

The food retailer on Tuesday recalled the Frozen Savoury Rice Mix due to concerns over a listeria outbreak in Europe.

Aldi, Lidl, Iceland, Sainsbury's, Tesco, and Waitrose have recalled frozen vegetable packages, including packets of sweetcorn and mixed vegetables, because they could contain listeria monocytogenes, which can cause listeriosis.

"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". Woolworths said it regards food safety as "of critical importance".

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) released the list of the products which included snap frozen vegetable mixes, corn kernels, quick-steam carrot, broccoli and cauliflower mixes and pea, carrot and sweet corn mixed.

Products that are being recalled include frozen corn, peas, beans, spinach and sorrel and United Kingdom supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury's, Lidl, Aldi, Waitrose and Iceland are all affected.

To verify the safety of our food products, we implement additional monitoring where we independently have our food products tested randomly.

Customers who have purchased the product can return it to their local store for a full refund.

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The products were being sold at Woolworths, Aldi, IGA, Campbells and independent grocery stores under brand names Woolworths Essentials, Black and Gold and Market Fare.

This after an ST6 strain of listeria was found at an Enterprise Foods facility in Polokwane.

Listeriosis is a bacterial disease caused by listeria.

In pregnant women, symptoms can still appear mild but infection can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, pre-term labour, illness or death of newborns. The company operates in 27 countries. Product of Hungary (only).

"Woolworths and our suppliers proactively manage and prevent microbial contamination of food and have done so for many years". 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.

The NSW Government's Food Authority confirmed the recall in a statement this afternoon.

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