Aussies urged to ‘buy local’ after listeria fears spark veggie recall

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"It's the Hungarian production site that has been implicated in the listeria outbreak in the European Union", says Carstensen.

Woolworths has recalled all Woolworths Frozen Savoury Rice Mix products amidst fears of Listeria...

Woolworths reportedly said it has proactive measures in place to prevent any microbial contamination of food.

According to the EFSA, new cases could still emerge due to the extended incubation period of listeriosis (up to 70 days); the long shelf-life of frozen corn products; and the consumption of frozen corn bought before the recalls and eaten without being cooked properly.

The Daily Mail says that a total of more than 50 frozen products have now been withdrawn from supermarkets across the UK.

The food chain reportedly said its food products are independently tested at random.

"The products affected contain a particularly risky strain of listeria and are being recalled as a precautionary measure to ensure consumers are protected", chief executive Peter May said.

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Listeria is a threat to people with low immune systems, pregnant women and unborn babies.

He also urged anyone who has purchased the potentially contaminated products to discard them immediately and seek medical attention should any symptoms arise, adding: "Our industry's number one priority is the safety of consumers".

Listeria is a bacterium that can be found in soil and water.

New Zealand businesses that have had reported cases of the bacteria include a raw milk business in Southland, which was closed in September a year ago after batches of the milk tested positive for listeria. In pregnant women, listeria can lead to miscarriage, infection of the newborn, or stillbirth. It has branches and customers worldwide, including many retailers in Europe.

ALDI - Only products with country of origin of Belgium, United Kingdom or Hungary.

The NSW Government's Food Authority confirmed the recall in a statement this afternoon.

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