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UAE supermarkets recall frozen food following killer listeria outbreak in Europe

Different packs of frozen vegetables Deadly bacteria fears: Supermarkets recall frozen vegetables
Ginger Lawrence | 13 July, 2018, 07:24

Woolworths, IGA, ALDI, Campbells and other independent grocery stores have been instructed by Food Standards Australia New Zealand to pull varieties of frozen vegetables from their shelves for fear they could be contaminated by listeria.

The mix has sweetcorn from a Greenyard factory in Hungary that may have been the source of a listeria outbreak.

The government's Food Standards Agency has a complete list of the recalled products, so take your slushy bag back to the shops for your 99p refund.

Listeria is a harmful bacteria that thrives in ready-to-eat foods that have already been cooked when purchased.

The products include snap frozen vegetable mixes, corn kernels, quick-steam carrot, broccoli and cauliflower mixes, and pea, carrot and sweet corn mixes.

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

"The products affected contain a particularly risky strain of listeria and are being recalled as a precautionary measure to ensure consumers are protected, but particularly vulnerable populations", May said.

Listeria is found widely in the environment, but is particularly risky for pregnant women and their unborn babies, and can cause death in people with compromised immune systems.

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The company withdrew one batch of the Bell Farms frozen vegetables on Friday from all Countdown, SuperValue, and FreshChoice stores and has since recalled all batches of the product.

The major supermarket joined Tesco, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Aldi and Iceland last week in recalling more than 40 potential lethal products.

Listeria is a bacterium that can be found in soil and water.

The outbreak was linked to Enterprise facilities in Polokwane and Germiston which produced cold meats, including Woolworths' beloved Salami sticks.

Listeria is a serious and sometimes fatal bacterial infection.

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

"As a producer of frozen vegetable products, we recommend our customers to include cooking instructions on each packaging".