Listeria outbreak: Lidl recall MORE vegetables over deadly bacteria

Deadly bacteria fears: Supermarkets recall frozen vegetables

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.

The products were being sold at Woolworths, ALDI and IGA, Campbells and independent grocery stores under brand names Woolworths Essentials, Black and Gold and Market Fare.

Woolies said other frozen sweetcorn or vegetable products were unaffected.

Waitrose and Spinneys both pulled Waitrose Essential mixed vegetable bags from its freezers on Monday following a mass recall in the United Kingdom involving six supermarkets.

It poses the biggest threat to elderly people, pregnant women, babies and people with weak immune systems.

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

Listeriosis is a bacterial disease caused by listeria.

Customers are being advised not to eat them, and instead return them to the store in exchange for a refund.

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

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

Nine deaths in Europe have been reported during the outbreak, which is believed to have started at a packaging plant in Hungary.

"The mix is uncooked and frozen so requires cooking before consumption".

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

Around 50 products have been withdrawn from sale by Greenyard Frozen UK Ltd as a precaution, amid fears they may contain listeria monocytogenes which can cause sickness and diarrhoea.

Earlier this year a listeria outbreak linked to contaminated rockmelons claimed six lives in NSW and Victoria.

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