Tuesday 25 September 2018

FSAI issues urgent recall of frozen vegetables from major Irish supermarkets over listeria fears

Some of the frozen vegetables being recalled Photo: Food Safety Authority of Ireland
Some of the frozen vegetables being recalled Photo: Food Safety Authority of Ireland
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Supermarkets in Ireland and the UK have pulled bags of own brand frozen vegetables from the shelves because they could contain a deadly bacteria.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has issued an urgent recall on 18 products this evening over fears they could contain listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria is a harmful bacteria, especially to the elderly, pregnant women and babies, which can lead to bacterial meningitis.

Tesco, Lidl, Brakes and Iceland are now recalling the following products:

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All of the products, including Tesco frozen broccoli, carrot and sweetcorn steamer, and Aldi four seasons frozen vegetable steamers, are made by Belgian firm Greenyard Frozen UK.

The foods have been recalled "as a precautionary step".

Listeria can cause a life threatening infection, where symptoms can appear similar to the flue, including a high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, felling or being sick and diarrhoea.

Consumers are advised not to each these batches and instead return the product to the store.

The FSAI is also advising customers who feel unwell to seek medical advice.

Meanwhile, Dunnes Stores and Spar are recalling their own brand pestos due to the possible presence of salmonella.

Consumers who have bought the implicated batches are being advised to dispose of the product or return it to the place of purchase.

The following brands are affected:

  • Dunnes Stores basil pesto with a use-by date between 02/07/2018 and 25/09/18
  • Dunnes Stores tomato peso with a use-by date between 05/07/2018 and 30/09/2018
  • Spar basil pesto with a use-by date between 05/07/2018 and 25/09/2018
  • Spar red pesto with a use-by date between 05/07/2018 and 30/09/2018

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