Woolworths recalls savoury rice after listeria outbreak in Europe

Wednesday, 11 Jul, 2018

Woolworths South Africa has recalled its Savory Rice Mix product after one of its suppliers was identified as the likely source of a Listeria outbreak in Europe.

Hence six of our supermarkets - Aldi, Iceland, Lidl, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose - recalling vast quantities of their bagged-up frozen veg.

It can be more serious for people with weakened immune systems and also the elderly, pregnant women and infants.

Listeriosis is an illness caused by eating contaminated food and can grow in food at refrigeration temperatures.

It is recommended that anyone in possession of the listed products dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase for a refund, the food standards agency said.

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

Have you bought any of these frozen vegetables?

The European Food Safety Authority said there had been 47 cases including nine deaths since an outbreak in Europe in 2015 linked to the affected vegetables.

In late June, the Hungarian Food Chain Safety Office banned the marketing of all frozen vegetable and frozen mixed vegetable products produced by the plant between August 2016 and June 2018, and ordered their immediate recall.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand chief executive Peter May warned Australians to check their freezers for the possibly contaminated products.

Those who have eaten the product and feel unwell should seek medical treatment.

The 10 products being recalled in Australia contain vegetables sourced via Belgium and Hungary and are being sold in major supermarkets including Woolworths, Aldi and IGA.

Listeria in tainted melon killed seven people in Australia earlier this year.

Only ALDI products with country of origin Belgium, Hungary or the United Kingdom are affected by the recall.