Listeria outbreak – what frozen vegetables and foods have been recalled over listeriosis concerns?

SUPERMARKETS in the UK have been forced to take bags of own brand frozen veg off shelves over concerns they could contain listeria monocytogenes.

Here is the latest on the outbreak and all the products which have been recalled.

Here's the latest on the listeria outbreak
Here’s the latest on the listeria outbreak
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What is listeria?

Listeria monocytogenes is the species of pathogenic bacteria which can cause the infection listeriosis if ingested.

It can grow and reproduce inside the host’s cells and is one of the most virulent food based pathogens. 20 to 30 per cent of food borne listeriosis infections in high-risk individuals may be fatal.

In the European Union listeriosis is on an upward trend that began in 2008, causing 2,161 confirmed cases and 210 reported deaths in 2014, 16 per cent more than in 2013.

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

Tesco own brand mixed vegetables are among those that have been recalled

The bacteria can cause a life-threatening infection, where symptoms can appear similar to flu, including a high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhoea.

It has already been linked to 11 deaths across Europe including two in Britain.

The notice on the Food Standards Agency states that the bacteria can be killed through cooking, but sweetcorn can be eaten raw and could be a potential threat.

Tens of thousands of products have been pulled and customers are being advised not to eat them, and instead return them to the store in exchange for a refund.

Sainsbury’s own brand mixed vegetables have also been recalled as a precaution

Which frozen veg and food has been recalled?

Aldi, Lidl, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Iceland and Waitrose have all withdrawn 43 sweetcorn-based products over fears they could contain listeria monocytogenes.

The retailers are recalling all batches of the following products.

If you have any of them, do not eat them.

Instead, you should return them to the store in exchange for a full refund:

  • 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
  • Waitrose Crisp & Creamy Deli-Style Coleslaw Side Salad
  • Sainsbury’s Mixed Special Vegetables
  • Sainsbury’s Mixed Vegetables
  • Sainsbury’s White Rice, Broccoli, Supersweet Sweetcorn & Peas Microwaveable steam bags
  • Sainsbury’s Basics Mixed Vegetables
  • 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

  • Waitrose Essential Mixed Vegetable
  • Waitrose Essential Supersweet Sweetcorn
  • Waitrose Fine Cut Vegetable Steamer
  • Waitrose Love Life Vegetable Medley Steamers

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