Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Man dies as listeria outbreak recalls frozen food

Man dies as listeria outbreak recalls frozen food

Woolworths South Africa has recalled it's frozen savoury rice mix product due to Listeria concerns. The retailer said the precautionary recall came after a worldwide recall issued by the Hungarian Food Safety Agency.

When you're cooking up a storm and you still have to put the pot of rice on the stove, it can be a bit of an effort.

"Frozen corn and possibly other frozen vegetables are the likely source of an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes that has been affecting Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom since 2015", says an EFSA statement.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has issued a recall for a range of frozen vegetables that were sourced from Greenyard Frozen Belgium NV, which may contain the pathogen.

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Listeria is a bacterium that is naturally found in the environment.

The people most at risk from listeriosis include those suffering from cancer, pregnant women and their unborn babies, newborn babies, and elderly people.

The factory has been implicated as the potential source of a listeria outbreak in Europe.

Woolworths on Monday removed a product believed to be contaminated with listeria from its shelves.

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Listeriosis is seen as a serious illness and is caused by the Listeria bacteria, with infection usually caused by eating contaminated foods.

Australian consumers have been instructed to return the products to the point of purchase for a refund and seek medical advice if concerned about their health.

It has symptoms that are similar to flu, including high temperature, muscle ache, sickness and diarrhoea.

The food chain reportedly said its food products are independently tested at random.

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"The products affected contain a particularly unsafe strain of listeria and are being recalled as a precautionary measure to ensure consumers are protected, but particularly vulnerable populations", May said. "As a producer of frozen vegetable products, we recommend our customers to include cooking instructions on each packaging".

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