Published: Wed, July 11, 2018

Don't Cool Down by Eating Frozen Supermarket Vegetables

Don't Cool Down by Eating Frozen Supermarket Vegetables

Woolworths has recalled its Savory Rice Mix product after one of its suppliers was identified as a likely source of Listeria.

In late June, the Hungarian Food Chain Safety Office banned the marketing of all frozen vegetable and frozen mixed vegetable products produced by the plant between August 2016 and June 2018, and ordered their immediate recall.

It said Listeria is easily killed through cooking - which would've been required for the frozen rice.

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.

Listeria is generally caused by eating food contaminated by the bacteria.

The Frozen Savoury Rice Mix product is uncooked and frozen and so requires cooking before consumption.


It comes after several United Kingdom supermarkets also removed various frozen vegetable products from their shelves due to concerns about possible Listeria contamination.

Around 150 people are hospitalised and about 15 die each year due to listeria infection.

Symptoms of the rare disease include muscle aches, fevers, nausea, drowsiness and diarrhoea, according to a Department of Health fact sheet.

Woolworths said it proactively manages and prevents microbial contamination of food, and has very strict protocols in place.

"Food safety is of critical importance to Woolworths and we take all issues regarding the production of our food extremely seriously", the retail company said in a statement.

"The products affected contain a particularly risky strain of listeria and are being recalled as a precautionary measure to ensure consumers are protected", Food Standards Australia New Zealand said.

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