Listeria death in Victoria linked to strain found in recalled frozen vegetables

The nine products that have been recalled over listeria concerns. Source Food Standards Australia New ZealandMore

The European outbreak of listeria in corn and possibly other frozen vegetables has been ongoing since 2015, according to the European Food Safety Authority.

"The products affected contain a particularly unsafe strain of listeria and are being recalled as a precautionary measure to ensure consumers are protected", Food Standards Australia New Zealand said.

The department said everyone should follow the recall advice issued on Monday by Food Safety Australia New Zealand.

Customers are being advised not to eat them, and instead return them to the store in exchange for a refund.

AusVeg, the peak body for the Australian vegetable industry, said consumers have a "right to ask" how supermarkets assure (that) growers overseas are complying with local standards and that proper processes are maintained.

Hence six of our supermarkets - Aldi, Iceland, Lidl, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose - recalling vast quantities of their bagged-up frozen veg.

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The person died earlier this year and was being treated for another serious illness, so it is not possible to confirm if they had consumed any of the vegetables, the department said.

People more commonly at risk or listeria contamination are the elderly, those with weak immune systems, pregnant women and their unborn babies.

Listeria can cause a life threatening infection, with symptoms similar to the flu including a high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhoea.

The specific packets that are of risk of listeria contamination include mixed carrot, corn, broccoli, peas packets stocked under three brands: Black & Gold, Market Fare and Bell Farms.

Countdown supermarkets have withdrawn a frozen vegetables product after concerns it may be contaminated with a unsafe strain of bacteria.

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