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Victorian listeria death linked to strain in recalled veges

11 July 2018

Major supermarkets have pulled a range of frozen corn, peas, carrots and mixed vegies from shelves after a listeria outbreak in Europe killed nine people and left dozens ill.

A Victorian listeria death has been linked to a European strain of the disease which prompted this week's recall of 10 frozen vegetable products across Australia.

Listeria is a type of bacteria that can live in soil, water, dust, animal faeces or other substances.

The supermarkets displayed signs yesterday urging shoppers to return the product, which was the only Waitrose item sold in the UAE in a list of goods to be affected by the European recall.

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

"Listeria may cause illness in pregnant women and their unborn babies, the elderly and people with low immune systems", the Food Authority said.

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He said cooking the vegetables should kill the bacteria, but warned against eating undefrosted or undercooked frozen vegetables.

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A New Zealand Countdown spokesperson said in a statement it was aware of one product it stocked, Bell Farms Steam Veggies Carrot, Corn and Broccoli 3pk 450g, which was at risk.

The patient, who was also being treated for another serious illness, died earlier this year meaning Victoria's health department has been unable to determine if they had consumed any of the frozen vegetable products.

Belgium-based company Greenyard Frozen Belgium NV has recalled the frozen vegetables - which include frozen corn, carrot, broccoli and mixed vegetable bags - from Woolworths, IGA and ALDI stores.

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

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Victorian listeria death linked to strain in recalled veges