Supermarkets including Tesco and Sainsbury’s recall MORE products

Listeria outbreak forces supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Aldi to recall MORE frozen products due to fears they may be contaminated – taking the list to over 50

  • Food Standards Agency has named more products being withdrawn from shops 
  • It comes after watchdogs recalled 43 frozen sweetcorn products last week
  • Listeria is a bacteria is particular threat to elderly, pregnant women and babies 

Supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Aldi have been forced to recall more frozen products over fears they may be contaminated with listeria.

The Food Standards Agency has named more products that are being withdrawn from shelves following a food poisoning alert. 

These include Lidl’s Green Grocer’s Carrots, Broccoli & Sweetcorn, Tesco’s Frozen Mixed Vegetables and Peppers and Sainsbury’s Mixed Vegetables. 

The additional products have been withdrawn after watchdogs named 43 types of frozen sweetcorn products last week that have been recalled over concerns they may be contaminated with listeria.

The bacteria is a particular threat to the elderly, pregnant women and babies.

Over 50 frozen products have now been withdrawn from supermarkets across the country due to concerns they may be contaminated.

 Supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Aldi have been forced to recall more frozen products over fears they may be contaminated with listeria 

The recall involves many own-brand products sold by leading supermarkets, such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Iceland, as well as brands such as Ross. 

Stores are clearing tens of thousands of packs from freezer cabinets, while shoppers can return products to get a refund. Contaminated sweetcorn has been linked to 47 cases of illness across Europe, including nine deaths.


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There are 11 known cases in the UK, although the real figure is likely to be many times higher. There have been two UK deaths, although both victims had underlying health conditions.

Most people who contract listeria poisoning suffer no more than a severe headache, stiff neck and stomach upset – symptoms that recede after a few days. However, some vulnerable groups can develop life-threatening complications, such as sepsis.

The full list of products re-called by the Food Standards Agency  

Aldi Four Seasons Frozen Carrots, Peas & Supersweet Sweetcorn Steamers

Aldi Four Seasons Frozen Carrots, Broccoli & Supersweet Sweetcorn Steamers

Aldi Frozen Four Seasons Mixed Vegetables

Aldi Four Seasons Supersweet Sweetcorn

Aldi Four Seasons Frozen Vegetable Steamers

Growers Pride Supersweet Sweetcorn

Growers Pride Mixed Vegetables

Iceland Frozen Mixed Vegetables

Independent Mix Vegetables

Lidl Green Grocer’s Carrots, Broccoli & Sweetcorn

Lidl Frozen Green Grocer’s Supersweet Corn

Lidl Frozen Freshona Vegetable Mix

Lidl Green Grocer’s Mixed Vegetables

Lidl Green Grocer’s Baby Carrots, Peas, Green Beans & Sweetcorn Steamers

Lidl Green Grocer’s Fragrant Golden Rice Steamers

One Stop Frozen Sweetcorn

Oriental Express Chinese Chicken

 

Oriental Express Chinese Prawns

Oriental Express Egg Fried Rice

Pinguin Mixed Vegetable

Pinguin Frozen Sweetcorn

Pinguin Supersweet Sweetcorn

Pinguin Frozen Golden Rice and Vegetables

Pinguin Country Vegetable

Pinguin Frozen Cut Beans

Pinguin Frozen Mixed Vegetables

Ross Mixed Country Vegetables

Ross Mixed Vegetables

Ross Sweetcorn

Tesco Frozen Mixed Vegetables and Peppers

Tesco Broccoli Frozen Sweetcorn Peas and Spinach Steamer

Tesco Growers Harvest Sweetcorn

Tesco Frozen Growers Harvest Carrot Peas and Sweetcorn Steamer

Tesco Frozen Growers Harvest Mixed Vegetables

Tesco Frozen Broccoli, Carrot and Sweetcorn Steamer

Tesco Frozen Every Day Value Sweetcorn

Tesco Frozen Sweetcorn 

 

Tesco Frozen Mixed Vegetables

Waitrose Essential Supersweet Sweetcorn

Waitrose Essential Vegetable Mix

Waitrose Essential Mixed Vegetable  

Waitrose Fine Cut Vegetable Steamer

Waitrose Love Life Vegetable Medley Steamers

by Sainsbury’s Mixed Special Vegetables

by Sainsbury’s Mixed Vegetables

by Sainsbury’s White Rice, Broccoli, Supersweet Sweetcorn & Peas Microwaveable steam bags

Sainsbury’s Basics Mixed Vegetables

by Sainsbury’s Carrots, Broccoli & Sweetcorn Microwaveable steam bags

Sainsbury Frozen Special Mixed Vegetables

Sainsbury Frozen Basic Mixed Vegetables

Sainsbury Frozen Rice Broccoli and Sweetcorn

Sainsbury Frozen Mixed Vegetables

Sainsbury Frozen Carrot Broccoli and Sweetcorn 

 

The list of products being recalled was released by the Food Standards Agency. It said listeria can be killed with thorough cooking. However, some people eat sweetcorn raw in salads. 

The contamination has been traced to a frozen food plant in Hungary which is known to have had problems with listeria contamination dating back to 2016. Despite this, it was allowed to continue supplying shops.

Public Health England says it only became aware of a possible link between cases on the Continent and those in the UK in March, when its experts launched a detailed investigation. A PHE spokesman said: ‘In the UK, there have been two deaths due to listeria linked to this outbreak. Both were in 2017 and in both cases, the individuals had underlying conditions.’

The products have been withdrawn over concerns they may be contaminated with listeria. The bacteria (above) is a particular threat to the elderly, pregnant women and babies 

It is known that the sweetcorn originated in Hungary and that some of the contaminated batches were packaged in Poland. It was produced by a Belgian firm called Greenyard, which says it is Europe’s second biggest seller of frozen vegetables and fruit, at a plant in Baja. The company has factories across Europe, including two in Britain.

The Hungarian authorities shut down the Baja plant on June 29 and issued a recall of frozen vegetable products produced between August 2016 and June 2018. However, The European Food Safety Authority, which has been investigating the outbreak, said this does not mean that the threat is eliminated.

It warned: ‘New cases could still emerge due to the long incubation period of listeriosis of up to 70 days; the long shelf-life of frozen corn products; and the consumption of corn bought before the recalls.’

Greenyard said the recall ‘involved include frozen corn, peas, beans, spinach and sorrel. The recall initiative of these products does not imply that they are contaminated.’

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