Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Woolworths recalls rice mix after Europe listeria alert

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"The products affected contain a particularly unsafe strain of Listeria and are being recalled as a precautionary measure to ensure consumers are protected", acting Food and Standards Australia and New Zealand chief executive Peter May said Monday evening.

More than 200 people died in a major listeriosis outbreak in South Africa that was linked to Enterprise factories producing cold meats.

Consumers who have purchased any of the recalled products are being urged to throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

According to a statement released by the retailer, "Food safety is of critical importance to Woolworths and we take all issues regarding the production of our food extremely seriously".

Woolworths has withdrawn from its shelves a savoury rice mix following a global recall of one of the Hungarian products in it, Eyewitness News (EWN) reported.

Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology food scientist Gary Kennedy said the recall was a necessary but cautious exercise because risk of illness was only present if frozen vegetables with listeria were consumed uncooked by a vulnerable section of the population.

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The products involved included frozen corn, peas, beans, spinach and sorrel, Greenyard said.

In Australia, Aldi's own-brand line of frozen vegetables, Market Fare, was among those affected, as was Essentials and Bell Farms products, which are sold at Woolworths.

"The products affected contain a particularly risky strain of listeria and are being recalled as a precautionary measure to ensure consumers are protected, but particularly vulnerable populations", May said. The people most at risk from listeriosis include those suffering from cancer, pregnant women and their unborn babies, newborn babies, and elderly people.

This after an ST6 strain of listeria was found at an Enterprise Foods facility in Polokwane.

Listeria is a serious and sometimes fatal bacterial infection.

Hungarian authorities notified Greenyard on June 29, 2018 of their request to recall frozen vegetable products produced in the company's plant in Hungary.

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