Another list of popular frozen vegetable brands are being recalled from major supermarkets across Australia over fears of potential contamination by the deadly listeria bacteria.

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) on Monday issued an alert for a number of brands of vegetable products across Aldi, Woolworths and IGA stores.

Some of the vegetables were imported from Europe, and the recall in Australia comes after recent recalls in the United Kingdom over the same contamination fears.

Major brands affected

Belgium-based frozen food distributor Greenyard Frozen NV is conducting the recall of its products.

A variety of products sold in Australia have been announced in the recall, featuring Woolworths Essentials Snap Frozen Mixed Veg 1kg which include imported carrots, peas, corn, green beans & potatoes, as well as Bell Farms Steam Veggie Carrot Corn and Broccoli 450g which the supermarket also stocks.

For IGA, their Black & Gold Corn Kernels 500g and Mixed Vegetables 1kg: Carrots, peas, beans & corn were involved in the recall.

For ALDI, their Market Fare Peas, Carrots and Super Sweet Corn 1kg, Corn Kernels 1kg and Mixed Vegetables 1kg were all included in the recall with these products being packed in Belgium from imported and Belgian ingredients. So too were their Market Fare Quick Steam Carrot Broccoli and Cauliflower 450g and Quick Steam Carrot Corn and Broccoli 450g frozen vegetable varieties.

Different packs of frozen vegetables

The peak body for Australian vegetable growers, AUSVEG, said the national recall involved imported products only, not locally grown produce.

Chief executive officer James Whiteside said new labelling laws in Australia show a product’s country of origin.

Mr Whiteside downplayed any serious damage to local growers from the publicity surrounding the recall.

“There may be a short-term impact but, by and large, the incidence in Australian-grown product [of] these sorts of outbreaks is very, very low,” he said.

“I don’t think growers will be overly concerned and they have faith in the ability of the public to make informed decisions about the food that they buy.”

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.

The same strains of the bacteria had been detected in frozen vegetables produced by the same Hungarian company in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

These incidents of contaminated frozen fruit/vegetables causing health outbreaks – almost always imported from various countries where food safety and produce quality are comprised to cut costs for the major supermarkets – only furthers the argument for buying fresh, local produce from Your Local Greengrocer.

When you purchase fresh fruit and vegetables from a greengrocer, you’re not only getting the freshest quality Australian produce. You’re also supporting the independent supply of Australian fresh produce for years to come.

To find Your Local Greengrocer, visit our Store Locator to find you nearest member store.

Original article by ABC News


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