Listeria death in Victoria linked to strain found in recalled frozen vegetables

The affected products

Earlier this year six people sadly died, in New South Wales and Victoria, after consuming contaminated rockmelon, with the outbreak being traced back to Rombola Family Farms in the Riverina region.

A food company with a factory in Lynn has recalled dozens of frozen vegetable products amid fears they may be contaminated.

Listeria is a life-threatening illness for certain people, particularly those over the age of 60.

Listeria is found widely in the environment, but is particularly unsafe for pregnant women and their unborn babies, and can cause death in people with compromised immune systems.

Woolworths: Essentials snap frozen mixed veg 1kg: carrots, peas, corn, green beans and potatoes.

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

Early symptoms include a fever, headache, tiredness and aches and pains.

Australian consumers have been instructed to return the products to the place they were purchased for a refund and seek medical advice if concerned about their health.

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 department said everyone should follow the recall advice issued on Monday by Food Safety Australia New Zealand. "The Frozen Savoury Rice Mix product is uncooked and frozen and so requires cooking before consumption", the retailer said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.

The 10 products being recalled in Australia contain vegetables sourced via Belgium and Hungary and are being sold in major supermarkets including Woolworths, Aldi and IGA. National distribution, only products with country of origin of Belgium, United Kingdom or Hungary, all other countries not affected.

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