What is listeria and why are frozen products being recalled?

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UAE supermarkets have recalled frozen products following a listeria outbreak that has killed nine people in Europe.

Listeriosis is a bacterial disease caused by listeria.

Listeria can cause illness in pregnant women and their unborn babies, the elderly and people with low immune systems such as cancer and organ-transplant patients.

This after Greenyard Factory recalled all frozen vegetable products made at its plant in Hungary "due to potential Listeria contamination".

Woolworths, IGA, ALDI, Campbells and other independent grocery stores have been instructed by Food Standards Australia New Zealand to pull varieties of frozen vegetables from their shelves for fear they could be contaminated by listeria.

The same Hungarian processor is also at the centre of a massive recall of frozen sweet corn, mixed vegetables, carrots and broccoli from stores across England, according to the UK Food Standards Agency.

If anyone has already bought any of the following products, supermarkets are offering a full refund.

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"We have been alerted to the possible presence of listeria in certain frozen vegetable packs".

But after the 44 products were recalled - Lidl has now issued another recall for 640g bags of Green Grocer Carrots, Broccoli and Sweetcorn. "Symptoms caused by this organism can be similar to flu and include high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhea".

The Frozen Savoury Rice Mix product is uncooked and frozen and so requires cooking before consumption.

"The products affected contain a particularly unsafe strain of listeria and are being recalled as a precautionary measure to ensure consumers are protected, but particularly vulnerable populations", May said. To verify the safety of our food products, we implement additional monitoring where we independently have our food products tested randomly.

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