Greenyard Frozen Belgium NV is recalling 9 products that could contain microbial (Listeria monocytogenes) contamination, which have been available for sale at Woolworths, ALDI and IGA, Campbells and Independent grocery stores.
AUSVEG is reminding consumers that it of has only affected some frozen vegetable products and that all affected products have been removed from supermarket shelves.
"The new country of origin labelling system that’s recently come into effect has been a welcome step forward in helping consumers identify Australian-grown produce, which helps them to make informed decisions, especially when there are concerns about imported products that could shake consumer confidence," Mr Whiteside said. "So consumers can more easily identify if a food product is grown in Australia, which has some of the world’s most stringent food safety protocols. We encourage Australian consumers to continue to support local growers by buying locally-grown fresh and frozen vegetables. Our industry’s number one priority is the safety of consumers."
Consumers who have any of the recalled products at home are urged to discard the product or return it for a full refund. If anyone is concerned for their health they should seek medical advice, particularly pregnant women, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. But Mr Whiteside says the current measures that are in place, are sufficient for the current situation.