Listeria death in Victoria linked to strain found in recalled frozen vegetables

Ivan Schwartz
July 13, 2018

Food Standards Australia New Zealand issued the recall on Monday which led to people checking their freezers for the products which may be contaminated. Woolworths said it regards food safety as "of critical importance".

When you're cooking up a storm and you still have to put the pot of rice on the stove, it can be a bit of an effort.

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

National distribution, only products with country of origin of Belgium, United Kingdom or Hungary, all other countries not affected.

The patient - who had another serious illness - died earlier this year, Victoria's health department said.

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

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"It's the Hungarian production site that has been implicated in the listeria outbreak in the European Union", says Carstensen.

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

Fellow reader Zeila Hoare agreed, saying she would like to see the law change surrounding the exportation of fresh produce: "We should be lobbying the government to make it mandatory that we supply all our fruits and vegetables here and only the excess goes overseas". "This included a trade recall which removed affected products from distribution and retailers began removing products from shelves".

What products are on recall?

. Symptoms may include headaches, fever, tiredness and aches and pains. Listeria can invade the central nervous system and cause meningitis and even brain infection. At this stage, Greenyard says that it does not have specific data or confirmation on health issues linked to contamination of its products, but that it is continuing to monitor this and has taken a range of measures to pre-empt potential health risks.

The NSW Government's Food Authority confirmed the recall in a statement this afternoon.

"We endorse the advice to cook frozen products until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for at least two minutes".

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