Some of the products that have been recalled.
It follows similar moves in Britain last week over vegetable products from supplier Greenyard Frozen. The same strain of listeria was detected there in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
WOOLWORTHS has recalled its Frozen Savoury Rice Mix following a worldwide product recall issued by the Hungarian food safety agency.
However, it wasn't until five days later that a wider public alert was issued. "However, we are not willing to take any risks where the safety of our customers is concerned and so we are recalling these products as a precaution", a Sainsbury's spokesperson tells FoodIngredientsFirst.
Woolworths said the affected product had been tested for listeria and was "found to be compliant".
The recalled vegies were sold at IGA, Aldi and Woolworths and include the brands Black and Gold, Bell Farms, Market Fare and Essentials.
There are concerns that the products may be contaminated with listeria, a potentially deadly food-borne bacteria.
Although uncommon, it can be particularly unsafe for pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms may include headaches, fever, tiredness and aches and pains. This can lead to more serious problems including meningitis (a brain infection) and septicaemia (blood poisoning).
In a statement, the company said the product, which is sourced from a factory in Hungary, had been implicated as the potential source of a Listeria outbreak in Europe. Local produce should be simple to identify and consumers can be reassured that it is not involved in the pathogen contamination and recall.
- Market Fare Quick Steam Carrot Corn and Broccoli 450g.
- Black & Gold Corn Kernels.
ALDI: Market Fare Corn Kernels 1kg.
ALDI - Market Fare Mixed Vegetables 1kg Queensland, NSW, ACT, WA Packed in Belgium from Imported and Belgian Ingredients (only).
- Market Fare Quick Steam Carrot Broccoli and Cauliflower 450g.