Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Woolworths issues listeriosis linked recall on rice product

Aldi is one of the chains affected by the product recall Aldi is one of the chains affected by the product recall
Melinda Barton | 11 July, 2018, 17:26

Earlier this year six people sadly died, in New South Wales and Victoria, after consuming contaminated rockmelon, with the outbreak being traced back to Rombola Family Farms in the Riverina region.

The supermarkets displayed signs yesterday urging shoppers to return the product, which was the only Waitrose item sold in the UAE in a list of goods to be affected by the European recall.

Meanwhile, Woolworth says its other frozen sweetcorn and vegetable products have not been affected.

It 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.

"Listeria may cause illness in pregnant women and their unborn babies, the elderly and people with low immune systems", the Food Authority said.

The notice on the Food Standards Agency states that although the bacteria can be killed through cooking, sweetcorn can be eaten raw and could be a potential threat.

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

Nine deaths in Europe have been reported during the outbreak, which is believed to have started at a packaging plant in Hungary.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has named 10 frozen vegetable products which pose a listeria risk. "The Frozen Savoury Rice Mix product is uncooked and frozen and so requires cooking before consumption", the retailer said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.

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

It follows similar moves in Britain last week over vegetable products from supplier Greenyard Frozen.

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