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Woolworths recalls frozen savoury rice mix as health precaution

11 July 2018, 05:26 | Erica Roy

The rice which has been recalled from Woolworths after a supplier was linked to a Listeria outbreak in Europe

The rice which has been recalled from Woolworths after a supplier was linked to a Listeria outbreak in Europe

The products have been available for sale at Woolworths, ALDI and IGA, Campbells and independent grocery stores.

It comes after several United Kingdom supermarkets also removed various frozen vegetable products from their shelves due to concerns about possible Listeria contamination.

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

"Following a worldwide product recall issued by the Hungarian Food Safety Agency, and purely as a precautionary measure, we are recalling our Woolworths Frozen Savoury Rice Mix product".

Listeria is a serious and sometimes fatal bacterial infection.

It is uncommon but can be unsafe for pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

It adds: "Instead, return the product to the store from where it was bought for a full refund".


The risk is low for healthy adults with most patients suffering flu-like symptoms.

According to the European Food Safety Authority, the outbreak has been ongoing since 2015 and has also affected Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has named 10 frozen vegetable products which pose a listeria risk.

In late June, the Hungarian Food Chain Safety Office banned the marketing of all frozen vegetable and frozen mixed vegetable products made by the plant from August 2016 to June 2018, said the EFSA.

In February, contaminated rockmelons from a New South Wales rockmelon farm resulted in six deaths in NSW and Victoria and just last month, 21 people in South Australia were struck down with salmonella poisoning linked to alfalfa sprouts.

Woolworths: Bell Farms Steam Veggie Carrot Corn and Broccoli 3pk 450g.

ALDI - Market Fare Mixed Vegetables 1kg QLD, NSW, ACT, WA.



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