Woolworths pulls packaged rice mix after Listeria scare

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Don't Cool Down by Eating Frozen Supermarket Vegetables

On June 29, the Hungarian Food Chain Safety Office banned the marketing of all frozen vegetable and frozen mixed vegetable products produced by the company's Baja facility.

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.

The company added none of their other frozen sweetcorn or vegetable products are affected.

Greenyard Frozen Belgium NV is conducting the recall of the frozen vegetable products which originate from Belgium and Hungary.

So there were definitely people out there out there throwing bags of frozen rice into their trollies and saying thank you to the retailer for making their life easier.

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

It poses the biggest threat to elderly people, pregnant women, babies and people with weak immune systems.

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

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

According to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), 11 people in the United Kingdom have been affected by listeriosis since 2015, including two people who died previous year, although both had underlying health conditions.

An FSA risk statement says: "The products listed above might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes".

What products are on recall?

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There are concerns that the products may be contaminated with listeria, a potentially deadly food-borne bacteria.

Symptoms of listeria infection can include severe cramps, stomach pain, nausea, fever and headaches. To verify the safety of our food products, we implement additional monitoring where we independently have our food products tested randomly. "Thorough cooking would ensure that the product is safe".

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.

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