Major supermarkets recall more frozen vegetable products amid listeria fears: do you have them in your freezer?

Six major supermarkets across the UK have recently been forced to recall many of their frozen vegetable products, due to a recent outbreak of listeria.

Lidl, Aldi, Tesco, Iceland, Waitrose and Sainsburys all originally urged customers to check their freezers for a list of 43 products and return them, for fear that they could contain the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause listeriosis.

And now, a further six have been added to the list, making a total of 49, as fears grow.

Some of the new products being recalled including ones from the brand Oriental Express.

The move to recall the products was made after health organisations revealed that a recent outbreak of listeriorsis across Europe had been linked to frozen vegetables that weren’t cooked properly.

The European (Efsa), shared that there has been 47 cases of listeriosis since the 8th June. Reportedly, the 11 people in the UK have been affected by listeriosis since 2015 – and two people have died, last year.

Listeriosis is a rare infection that could cause serious problems if you are pregnant, or if you have a weaker immune system – for example, if you have diabetes, or if you are undergoing chemotherapy.

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Over 65s are also thought to be amongst those most at risk.

Symptoms generally include a high temperature, chills, sickness and vomiting, and general aches and pains.

The NHS advises seeing a medical professional straight away have these symptoms and are in a high-risk category. If you are not, the infection usually goes away on its own.

The Food Standards Agency have since issued a list of the products being recalled by Greenyard Frozen, many supermarket’s frozen foods supplier.

The FSA said Greenyard “has taken the precautionary step of voluntarily recalling various frozen vegetable products because they might contain Listeria monocytogenes”.

So which products have been recalled?

  • Pinguin Frozen Sweetcorn

Pack size: All

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to July 2020 inclusive

  • Pinguin Supersweet Sweetcorn

Pack size: All

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to July 2020 inclusive

  • Tesco frozen Mixed Vegetables and Peppers

Pack size: All

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

  • Tesco Broccoli Frozen Sweetcorn Peas and Spinach Steamer

Pack size: All

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

  • Pinguin frozen Golden Rice and Vegetables

Pack size: All

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to July 2020 inclusive

  • Tesco Growers Harvest Sweetcorn

Pack size: All

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

  • Tesco Frozen Growers Harvest Carrot Peas and Sweetcorn Steamer

Pack size: All

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

  • Tesco Frozen Growers Harvest Mixed Vegetables

Pack size: All

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

  • Tesco Frozen Broccoli, Carrot and Sweetcorn Steamer

Pack size: All

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

  • Tesco Frozen Every Day Value Sweetcorn

Pack size: All

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

  • One Stop Frozen Sweetcorn

Pack size: All

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

  • Aldi Four Seasons Frozen Carrots, Peas & Supersweet Sweetcorn Steamers

Pack size: All

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

  • Ross Mixed Country Vegetables

Pack size: 1kg

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to July 2020 inclusive

  • Aldi Four Seasons Frozen Carrots, Broccoli & Supersweet Sweetcorn Steamers

Pack size: All

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

  • Aldi Frozen Four Seasons Mixed Vegetables

Pack size: All

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

  • Aldi Four Seasons Supersweet Sweetcorn

Pack size: All

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

  • Independent Mix Vegetables

Pack size: All

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to July 2019 inclusive

  • Waitrose Essential Supersweet Sweetcorn

Pack size: E1kg

Batch code: All

Best before: Oct 2019 Nov 2019 Aug 2019

  • Waitrose Essential Vegetable Mix

Pack size: E1kg

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Dec 2019 inclusive

  • Waitrose Fine Cut Vegetable Steamer

Pack size: E640g (4x160ge)

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

  • Waitrose Love Life Vegetable Medley Steamers

Pack size: E640g (4x160ge)

Batch code: P6163 P7021 P7080

Best before: May 2018 Jul 2018 Sep 2018

  • by Sainsbury’s Mixed Special Vegetables

Pack size: 1kg

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

  • by Sainsbury’s Mixed Vegetables

Pack size: 1 kg

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

  • Growers Pride Supersweet Sweetcorn

Pack size: 750g

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to July 2020 inclusive

  • by Sainsbury’s White Rice, Broccoli, Supersweet Sweetcorn & Peas Microwaveable steam bags

Pack size: 540g (4x135g)

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

  • basics Mixed Vegetables

Pack size: 1kg

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

  • by Sainsbury’s Carrots, Broccoli & Sweetcorn Microwaveable steam bags

Pack size: 540g (4x135g)

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

  • Lidl Frozen Green Grocer’s Supersweet Corn

Pack size: 1kg

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

  • Pinguin Mixed Vegetable

Pack size: All

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to July 2020 inclusive

  • Lidl Frozen Freshona Vegetable Mix

Pack size: 1kg

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to July 2020 inclusive

  • Lidl Green Grocer’s Mixed Vegetables

Pack size: 1kg

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to July 2020 inclusive

  • Lidl Green Grocer’s Baby Carrots, Peas, Green Beans & Sweetcorn Steamers

Pack size: 640g

Batch code: All

Best before: All date codes

  • Lidl Green Grocer’s Fragrant Golden Rice Steamers

Pack size: 400g

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to July 2020 inclusive

  • Iceland Frozen Mixed Vegetables

Pack size: 900g

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes between January 2020 and June 2020 inclusive

  • Growers Pride Supersweet Sweetcorn

Pack size: 450g

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to July 2021 inclusive

  • Oriental Express Chinese Chicken

Pack size: 350g

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

  • Oriental Express Chinese Prawns

Pack size: 350g

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

  • Oriental Express Egg Fried Rice

Pack size: 350g

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

  • Pinguin Country Vegetable

Pack size 1kg

Batch code All

Best before All codes to July 2020 inclusive

  • Pinguin Frozen Cut Beans

Pack size: All

Batch code: NA

Best before: All codes to July 2020 inclusive

  • Growers Pride Mixed Vegetables

Pack size: 750g

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to July 2020 inclusive

  • Ross Mixed Vegetables

Pack size: 450g

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to July 2021 inclusive

  • Growers Pride Mixed Vegetables

Pack size: 450g

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to July 2021 inclusive

  • Ross Mixed Vegetables

Pack size: 1kg

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to July 2020 inclusive

  • Ross Sweetcorn

Pack size: 450g

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to July 2021 inclusive

  • Ross Sweetcorn

Pack size: 1kg

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to July 2020 inclusive

  • Tesco Frozen Mixed Vegetables

Pack size: All

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

  • Tesco Growers Harvest Frozen Mixed Vegetables

Pack size: All

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

  • Tesco Frozen Sweetcorn

Pack size: All

Batch code: All

Best before: All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

If you have any of these in your freezer, the FSA advise you not to eat them, and return them to whichever supermarket you bought them from. You should be given a full refund.

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