Woolworths recalls frozen rice mix amid listeria concerns

The rice which has been recalled from Woolworths after a supplier was linked to a Listeria outbreak in Europe

The rice which has been recalled from Woolworths after a supplier was linked to a Listeria outbreak in Europe

The company said they took this issue very seriously and that this was a safety concern, with no other food products affected.

About 20 per cent of frozen vegetables sold in Australia are from overseas.

A number of brand names are affected by the recall, including Woolworths homebrand and IGA Black & Gold mixed vegetable and corn kernel products.

Listeriosis is an illness usually caused by eating food contaminated by bacteria which can grow in food at refrigeration temperatures, the department said.

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.

Australian consumers have been instructed to return the products to the place they were purchased for a refund and seek medical advice if concerned about their health. Symptoms in humans include gastroenteritis and flu-like symptoms.

A New Zealand Countdown spokesperson said in a statement it was aware of one product it stocked, Bell Farms Steam Veggies Carrot, Corn and Broccoli 3pk 450g, which was at risk.

Nine deaths in Europe have been reported during the outbreak, which is believed to have started at a packaging plant in Hungary.

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.

It follows similar moves in Britain last week over vegetable products from supplier Greenyard Frozen.

Today's recall comes four months after a national listeria outbreak linked to tainted rockmelon killed an elderly Victorian person and left 15 gravely ill.

ALDI - Only products with country of origin of Belgium, United Kingdom or Hungary.

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