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United Kingdom supermarkets recall frozen vegetables over bacteria fears

Listeria food recalls Supermarkets including Tesco Lidl Aldi Waitrose and Sainsbury’s recall frozen vegetable products Tesco Lidl Aldi Waitrose and Sainsbury’s are removing the products from shelves
Priscilla Morrison | 09 July, 2018, 11:54

A NUMBER of the UK's leading supermarkets have pulled products from shelves following concerns over deadly bacteria.

The affected batches include items like bags of mixed vegetables; steam bags containing carrot, broccoli and sweetcorn'; resealable bags of sweetcorn; and supersweet sweetcorn.

It is feared the frozen vegetables could contain listeria monocytogenes, which can cause listeriosis, a rare illness responsible for the death of two people in the United Kingdom past year.

The recall was issued as a "precautionary step" due to fears the products could contain listeria monocytogenes.

Greenyard Frozen UK, based in King's Lynn, Norfolk, has been approached for comment. The recall was implemented voluntarily by the company, ahead of any requirement by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The EFSA said listeria has been affecting Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom since 2015.

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The food safety authority in both Ireland and the United Kingdom have issued a food recall after it was uncovered that a number of frozen food items could contain traces of listeriosis.

Consumers who have bought the implicated batches are being advised to dispose of the product or return it to the place of purchase.

Initially the source of the bacteria was thought to be sweetcorn, but EFSA said it was possible that other vegetables were also contaminated.

Consumers are advised to thoroughly cook non ready-to-eat frozen vegetables, even though these products are commonly consumed without cooking (e.g in salads and smoothies).

To date, 47 cases and nine deaths have been reported. This suggests strains of the bug have persisted in the factory despite cleaning and disinfection procedures being carried out.

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