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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- Food Standards Agency has named more products being withdrawn from shops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The Food Standards Agency has named more products that are being withdrawn from shelves following a food poisoning alert.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The additional products have been withdrawn after watchdogs named 43 types of frozen sweetcorn products last week that have been recalled over concerns they may be contaminated with listeria.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Over 50 frozen products have now been withdrawn from supermarkets across the country due to concerns they may be contaminated.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
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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