Woolworths pulls packaged rice mix after Listeria scare

Woolworths pulls packaged rice mix after Listeria scare

The latest food scandal to hit the United Kingdom involves supposed nutritional good guys the vegetables, who, instead of being nice and giving us vitamins and fibre, are now also delivering potentially fatal listeria infections to our overwhelmed freezer compartments.

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

Listeria monocytogenes pose a major risk to pregnant women, the elderly and people with immune system problems.

A food company with a factory in Lynn has recalled dozens of frozen vegetable products amid fears they may be contaminated.

Listeriosis is a bacterial disease caused by listeria.

The health department has been unable to determine if the patient had consumed any of the recalled frozen vegetable products.

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

It adds: "Instead, return the product to the store from where it was bought for a full refund".

"While many people will follow cooking instructions properly, which should kill listeria bacteria, we are aware that some people eat frozen vegetables straight from the freezer and there is a risk of some people not cooking produce properly", he said.

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand have recalled nine products - a mix of corn, carrot, pea and broccoli ranges - that originated from Britain, Belgium and Hungary.

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

This after Greenyard Factory recalled all frozen vegetable products made at its plant in Hungary "due to potential Listeria contamination".

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