Countdown withdraws frozen veggie product after Australian recall

Major supermarkets have pulled a range of frozen corn, peas, carrots and mixed vegies from shelves after a listeria outbreak in Europe killed nine people and left dozens ill.

Belgium-based frozen food distributor Greenyard Frozen NV is conducting the recall of its products and United Kingdom supermarkets - Aldi, Lidl, Iceland, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose - have also removed various frozen vegetable products from their shelves due to concerns about possible listeria contamination.

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

It is uncommon but can be risky for pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

Woolworths said in its statement that Listeria bacteria are easily destroyed by cooking.

Early symptoms include a fever, headache, tiredness and aches and pains.

Customers are being advised not to eat them, and instead return them to the store in exchange for a refund.

According to the European Food Safety Authority, the outbreak has been ongoing since 2015 and has also affected Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden.

He said cooking the vegetables should kill the bacteria, but warned against eating undefrosted or undercooked frozen vegetables.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has named 10 frozen vegetable products which pose a listeria risk.

Those who have eaten the product and feel unwell should seek medical treatment.

Earlier this year a listeria outbreak linked to contaminated rockmelons claimed six lives in NSW and Victoria.

Around 50 products have been withdrawn from sale by Greenyard Frozen UK Ltd as a precaution, amid fears they may contain listeria monocytogenes which can cause sickness and diarrhoea.

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