Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Food firm with King's Lynn factory recalls products over listeria contamination fear

Food firm with King's Lynn factory recalls products over listeria contamination fear

The Victorian case was retrospectively linked to the strain in Europe that lead to the recall.

The unidentified person's family asked that no further details be released.

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.

Listeriosis is an illness caused by eating contaminated food and can grow in food at refrigeration temperatures.

It is found widely in the environment, but is particularly unsafe for pregnant women and their unborn babies, and can cause death in people with compromised immune systems.

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

It is feared they contained the deadly listeria monocytogenes - with 47 people being affected since 2015, nine of which have died.

"Coles does not stock any frozen products supplied by Greenyard Frozen Belgium", the spokesperson said.

Scientists used whole genome sequencing to determine that the source was likely frozen corn and possibly other frozen vegetables.

The latest food scandal to hit the United Kingdom involves supposed nutritional good guys the vegetables, who, instead of being nice and giving us vitamins and fibre, are now also delivering potentially fatal listeria infections to our overwhelmed freezer compartments.

Black & Gold Corn Kernels 500g and Gold Mixed Vegetables 1kg Carrots, peas, beans & corn (left) are both being recalled at IGA.

ALDI - Market Fare Corn Kernels 1kg QLD, VIC, WA and select NSW stores.

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