We’ve recently heard the news that Aldi are recalling many of their own brand, frozen vegetable steam bags, mixed vegetables and sweetcorn.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has recently added to the recall by including various other frozen vegetable products from several supermarkets because they may contain Listeria monocytogenes.
There has been a contamination of Listeria in one of the factories who supply the sweetcorn in these products. Several deaths have been reported from people eating the contaminated, frozen sweetcorn.
Last week saw an urgent soy sauce recall involving Aldi stores, which was then widened to all major supermarkets following potential contamination with glass.
What is Listeriosis?
According to the NHS website listeriosis usually resolves without any treatment. However, it can be more serious if you’re pregnant or have a weak immune system, such as those who are elderly or in the very young.
Listeriosis is usually caught from eating food containing listeria bacteria.
You can get it from lots of types of food, but it is more frequently found in:
- Unpasteurised milk
- Dairy products made from unpasteurised milk
- Soft cheeses, like camembert and brie
- Chilled ready-to-eat foods, like pre-packed sandwiches, pâté and deli meats
These foods don’t always cause listeriosis. If you’ve eaten them recently, you don’t need to do anything, or be concerned, unless you get symptoms of the infection.
Listeriosis is contagious, so you can contract it from someone else who has it, so it is even more important to maintain good food hygiene practices. You may also be at risk if you’ve recently had close contact with farm animals.
What are the symptoms of Listeriosis?
Listeriosis generally has no symptoms or only causes mild symptoms for a few days, such as:
- A high temperature of 38C or above
- Aches and pains
- Feeling sick or vomiting
Although symptoms are normally no cause for concern, though vulnerable people mentioned above may display more severe side effects.
You can read more about the recent deaths from Listeriosis here.
Which stores and products are affected?
Currently, Aldi have recalled the frozen veg which contain sweetcorn.
Aldi have recommended that any customers who have any of the following products in their freezers, to return them to their local store for a full refund:
- Micro Steam – Carrot, Broccoli & Supersweet Sweetcorn
- Micro Steam – Carrot, Peas & Supersweet Sweetcorn
- Mixed Vegetables
- Supersweet Sweetcorn
The FSA have recalled several products including brands such as Tesco, Pinguin, Ross, One Stop, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Growers Pride, Lidl and Iceland.
The manufacturer of all of these products, Greenyard Frozen Ltd are recalling all of the affected products.
Point of sale notices will be displayed in all retailers and customers are advised to return the products from where they were purchased for a full refund.
A full list of the affected products can be found here.
Is Sweetcorn a Speed Food?
We use sweetcorn in loads of our recipes, and as long as you reheat frozen sweetcorn thoroughly, you’ll eliminate the risk of any potential diseases.
Why not try these Syn Free Chicken and Sweetcorn Pizza Calzone?
These Syn Free Broccoli and Sweetcorn Fritters make such a good brunch, and are really easy to make!
Aldi SlimWell Meals…
This isn’t the first time Aldi have been in the news over the last few months. Aldi’s SlimWell Meals caused some controversy when they were first introduced, but we have all the details here!
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