Listeria fears: Greenyard investigates "root cause", as United Kingdom supermarkets recall frozen vegetables

Andrew Cummings
July 13, 2018

Listeria is generally caused by eating food contaminated by the bacteria.

As of June 4‚038 tons of recalled products have been destroyed by thermal treatment or landfill‚ according to certificates provided by the Department of Environmental Affairs in South Africa.

For a full list of the recalled frozen vegetables, see the list below.

Greenyard, the company at the center of a frozen vegetable listeria contamination scare, says its top priority is the on-going recall initiative working with supermarkets to call back certain batches amid concern that they could contain the bacteria.


It is particularly unsafe for pregnant women and their unborn babies, and can cause death in people with compromised immune systems.

Customers who have purchased the product were advised to return the product for a full refund. Contaminated sweetcorn has so far been linked to 47 cases of illness across Europe, with nine deaths reported.

A number of brand names are affected by the recall, including Woolworths homebrand and IGA Black & Gold mixed vegetable and corn kernel products. They detected the same strains of L. monocytogenes have been detected in frozen vegetables produced by the same Hungarian company in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The product is sourced from Belgium and contains frozen sweetcorn from the Greenyard Factory in Hungary.


More than a week ago, the Hungarian agency banned the marketing of all frozen vegetable and frozen mixed vegetable products made by the affected Hungarian plant and ordered their immediate withdrawal and recall.

"But if you're aged 70 or above, under aged five, newborn or sick (with diabetes, in hospital, having chemotherapy, having operations etc) then you can die from consuming listeria that is found on some frozen food".

Listeriosis is a rare infection caused by the bacteria listeria. Listeria can invade the central nervous system and cause meningitis and even brain infection. "Thorough cooking would ensure that the product is safe".

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


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