Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

Man dies as listeria outbreak recalls frozen food

Man dies as listeria outbreak recalls frozen food

Woolworths is recalling a frozen savoury rice product as a precaution after a listeria outbreak in Europe.

UAE supermarkets have recalled frozen products following a listeria outbreak that has killed nine people in Europe.

The department has said it is not possible to confirm whether this person actually consumed any of the frozen vegetable products.

According to a statement released by the retailer, "Food safety is of critical importance to Woolworths and we take all issues regarding the production of our food extremely seriously".

Listeriosis is an illness usually caused by eating food contaminated by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.

The rice mix is uncooked and frozen, and requires cooking before consumption.

Woolworths' Karin Carstensen says the product is manufactured in Belgium using ingredients from Hungary. "Thorough cooking would ensure that the product is safe".

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

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.

Acting FSANZ chief executive Peter May said pregnant women, people whose immune systems were compromised (eg cancer patients) and elderly people were most at risk.

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

New Zealand businesses that have had reported cases of the bacteria include a raw milk business in Southland, which was closed in September previous year after batches of the milk tested positive for listeria. "Also in pregnant women listeria can cause miscarriage, and if the baby is born it could have brain damage".

Greenyard is mainly active in the distribution of fresh products, such as vegetables, fruit, flowers and plants.

ALDI - Only products with country of origin of Belgium, United Kingdom or Hungary. Local produce should be simple to identify and consumers can be reassured that it is not involved in the pathogen contamination and recall.

"We endorse the advice to cook frozen products until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for at least two minutes".

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