Food recalls Australia - current recalls 2019


Check here for details of the food product affected, why it's being recalled, who's at risk and what you need to do to stay safe.

Roza's Gourmet dip recall - May 2019


Roza’s Gourmet is conducting a recall of its Miso & Edamame Dip.

Why is it being recalled?

A processing issue has been identified which may potentially lead to a risk of Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Exactly which product(s)?

Rozas Gourmet Miso Edamame Dip
The recalled product is Roza’s Gourmet Miso & Edamame Dip. Image source: Roza's Gourmet

The affected product (pictured) is:

  • Product name: Roza’s Gourmet Miso & Edamame Dip
  • Pack size: 160g
  • Best Before date: up to and including 23 JUNE 2019
  • Country of origin: Australia

Where was it sold?

The recalled product has been available for sale in independent stores (including IGA and Harris Farm) in the ACT, NSW, Vic, Qld and Tas.

I ate this product. Am I at risk?

Listeria monocytogenes may cause illness in pregnant women and their unborn babies, the elderly and people with low immune systems. Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice.

I have this product at home. What should I do?

Don't eat it. Return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Who should I contact for more information?

For further information contact:

  • Phone: 1800 259 769

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Previous food recalls

Ingham's is conducting a recall of its Gluten Free Schnitzel.

Why is it being recalled?

The recall is due to incorrect packaging (Southern Style Tenders were packaged incorrectly in Gluten Free Schnitzel labelled tray) which has resulted in the presence of undeclared allergen - gluten. Any consumers who have a gluten allergy or intolerance may have a reaction if they eat it.

Exactly which product(s)?

Inghams chicken breast schnitzel
The recalled product is Ingham’s Gluten Free Schnitzel. Image source: FSANZ

The affected product (pictured) is:

  • Product name: Ingham’s Gluten Free Chicken Breast Schnitzel (chilled)
  • Pack size: 440g
  • Best Before date: 08/04/2019
  • Country of origin: Australia

Where was it sold?

The recalled product has been available for sale at Woolworths stores in Victoria from 29/03/2019.

I ate this product. Am I at risk?

Any consumers who have a gluten allergy or intolerance may have a reaction if they eat it. Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice.

I have this product at home. What should I do?

Consumers who have a gluten allergy or intolerance should not consume this product. Return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Who should I contact for more information?

For further information contact Chobani Australia:

Chobani Australia is conducting a recall of its Almond Coco Loco Flip yoghurt.

Why is it being recalled?

The recall is due to incorrect packaging (Lemon Meringue Tang tub, with Almond Coco Loco foil and Almond Coco Loco ingredients). Any consumers who have an almond allergy or intolerance may have a reaction if they eat it.

Exactly which product(s)?

Chobani Flip Almond Coco Loco
The recalled product has a Lemon Meringue Tang tub with Almond Coco Loco foil and Almond Coco Loco ingredients. Image source: FSANZ

The affected product (pictured) is:

  • Product name: Chobani Greek Yogurt Flip Almond Coco Loco
  • Pack size: 140g
  • Best Before date: 23/04/2019
  • Country of origin: Australia

Where was it sold?

The recalled product has been available for sale in Coles, Woolworths, IGAs & Independents in NSW, Qld, Vic, Tas, SA and WA.

I ate this product. Am I at risk?

Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice.

I have this product at home. What should I do?

Consumers who have an almond allergy or intolerance should not consume this product. Return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Who should I contact for more information?

For further information contact Chobani Australia:

Bridgewater Poultry is conducting a recall of number of its barn-laid egg products.

Why are they being recalled?

The recall is due to potential microbial (Salmonella Enteriditis) contamination.

Exactly which product(s)?

Bridgewater poultry eggs
Cartons of recalled eggs. Image source: FSANZ

The affected products (pictured) are:

  • Woolworths 12 Cage Free Eggs (700g) barcode 9300633636982 
  • Victorian Fresh Barn Laid Eggs (600g) 
  • Victorian Fresh Barn Laid Eggs (700g) 
  • Victorian Fresh Barn Laid Eggs (800g) 
  • Loddon Valley Barn Laid (600g) (VIC and SA only)

Best before (BB) dates:

  • March 20, 23, 27, 30 (2019)
  • April 3, 6, 10, 14, 17, 20, 24, 27, 29 (2019)

Country of origin: Australia

Where were they sold?

The products have been available for sale at Woolworths and independent stores in ACT, NSW, Vic, Tas and Coles in Vic and SA.

I ate this product. Am I at risk?

Food products contaminated with Salmonella may cause illness if consumed. Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice.

I have this product at home. What should I do?

Don't consume the product. Return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Who should I contact for more information?

For further information contact Bridgewater Poultry:

Soul Fresh is conducting a recall of LoBros Organic Lemon Lime & Bitters Kombucha.

Why is it being recalled?

The recall is due to high levels of pressure which may result in the cap popping off, potentially causing injury.

Exactly which product(s)?

LoBros Kombucha Lemon Lime Bitters
LoBros Organic Lemon Lime & Bitters Kombucha

The affected product (pictured) is LoBros Organic Lemon Lime & Bitters Kombucha.

  • Bottle size: 330mL
  • Batch/best before date: Use By UBD 13/6/19
  • Country of origin: Australia

Where was it sold?

The product has been available for sale at Coles, Woolworths, IGA’s, Foodlands, Foodworks and independent stores in NSW, ACT, QLD, VIC, TAS.

I drank this product. Am I at risk?

Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice.

I have this product at home. What should I do?

Don't open or consume the product. Return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Who should I contact for more information?

For further information contact Soul Fresh:

Aldi is conducting a recall of its Organic Kombucha

Why is it being recalled?

The recall is due to the potential presence of high levels of pressure which may result in the cap popping open, potentially causing injury.

Exactly which product(s)?

Aldi organic kombucha
Aldi's Organic Kombucha

The affected products (pictured) are:

  • Organic Kombucha Raspberry Lemon (330mL)
  • Organic Kombucha Lemon Lime & Bitters (330mL)
  • Organic Kombucha Lemon Lime & Bitters (750mL)

Batch/best before date: all best before dates

Country of origin: Australia

Where was it sold?

The recalled products have been available for sale at all Aldi stores.

I drank this product. Am I at risk?

Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice.

I have this product at home. What should I do?

Don't open or consume these products. Dispose of them carefully. You can visit the Aldi store from which you purchased the products for a full cash refund.

Who should I contact for more information?

For further information contact:

  • Food Recall Hotline on 1800 709 993‚Äč

Aldi is conducting a recall of its Colway Real Mayonnaise.

Why is it being recalled?

The recall is due to faulty packaging and potential for glass breakage, which could cause injury or result in glass contamination.

Exactly which product(s)?

Colway Real Mayonnaise
The affected product is Colway Real Mayonnaise from Aldi.

The affected product is Colway Real Mayonnaise (pictured). 

  • Batch/Best before date(s): All batches
  • Country of origin: Germany
  • Pack size: 466g

Where was it sold?

The recalled product has been available for sale in all Aldi stores.

I ate this product. Am I at risk?

Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice.

I have this product at home. What should I do?

Don't eat it. Return it to the place of purchase for a full cash refund.

Who should I contact for more information?

For further information contact Aldi's food recall hotline:

  • Phone: 1800 709 993

Patties Foods conducted a national recall of its family size (600g) Nanna's Apple Pie, best before dates 21 Oct 2020 and 22 Oct 2020 only, due to the potential presence of glass in one of its ingredients. It was sold in Coles, Woolworths, IGA's, Foodlands and other independent supermarkets nationally.

Park Avenue Foods conducted a national recall of its My Little Pony and Avengers brand giant lollipops, due to the possible presence of metal. The lollipops were sold through Priceline stores nationally.

An investigation was undertaken after needles were found in strawberries in Queensland. Six strawberry brands were recalled: Donnybrook Berries, Love Berry, Delightful Strawberries, Oasis, Berry Obsession and Berry Licious. The strawberries were sold in stores in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. It's believed the needles were deliberately added to the products by a disgruntled employee of a Queensland strawberry farm. The affected brands were removed from sale.

A nationwide recall of multiple frozen vegetable products was initiated due to possible microbial (Listeria monocytogenes) contamination. The products were sold under brand names Bell Farms, Black & Gold and Woolworths Essentials. 

Greenyard Frozen Belgium NV, a Hungarian food producer, initiated the original recall in July, which affects products supplied to multiple countries including Australia. 

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) reported that frozen corn and other frozen vegetables produced by the same Hungarian company are the likely source of an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes that has been affecting Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom since 2015. As of mid-June 2018, 47 cases including nine deaths had been reported.

The products affected were:

  • Woolworths – Essentials Snap Frozen Mixed Veg: carrots, peas, corn, green beans & potatoes (1kg) – National distribution. Best Before 19 MAR 2020 through to 24 APR 2020
  • Woolworths – Bell Farms Steam Veggies: carrot corn and broccoli (3pk, 450g) – National distribution. All stock 
  • IGA – Black & Gold Corn Kernels (500g) – National distribution. Best Before all dates 
  • IGA – Black & Gold Mixed Vegetables: carrots, peas, beans & corn (1kg) – National distribution. Best Before all dates. 
  • Aldi – Market Fare Peas, Carrots and Super Sweet Corn (1kg) – National distribution. 
  • Aldi – Market Fare Corn Kernels (1kg) – Qld, Vic, WA and select NSW stores. Product of Hungary (only). 
  • Aldi – Market Fare Mixed Vegetables (1kg) – Qld, NSW, ACT, WA stores. Packed in Belgium from Imported and Belgian Ingredients (only). 
  • Aldi – Market Fare Quick Steam Carrot, Broccoli & Cauliflower (450g) – National distribution. 
  • Aldi – Market Fare Quick Steam Carrot Corn and Broccoli (450g) – National distribution. 
  • Aldi – Only products with country of origin of Belgium, United Kingdom or Hungary. All other countries not affected.

Multiple people fell ill with Salmonella poisoning after eating contaminated alfalfa sprouts sold in South Australia. The sprouts were available for sale at Drakes Foodland, IGA and numerous greengrocers in SA. Experts postulated that the source of the contamination could have been from the water used for irrigation, manure or the soil itself.

A South Australian woman died from Hepatitis A, two months after eating contaminated frozen pomegranates which were the target of a nationwide recall. Creative Gourmet brand frozen pomegranates, sold in Coles supermarkets across Australia, were recalled in April 2018 after NSW Health determined that a number of people presenting with hepatitis A had all consumed the imported product. Genetic testing of those affected identified a unique strain of the hepatitis A virus known as genotype 1B. Nationally, there have been 24 cases to date of hepatitis A linked to the recalled product.
Six people died and many more fell ill as a result of eating rockmelon contaminated with Listeria. Rockmelons sold in supermarkets including Woolworths and Coles sparked an outbreak of listeriosis (also known as listeria infection), an illness that can be severe and fatal. All of the people affected contracted the condition before the contaminated rockmelons were destroyed, as Listeriosis can take more than a month for symptoms to present. Rockmelons traced back to a grower in Nericon, NSW, were identified as the common cause in all cases, prompting health and food agencies across different states to launch an investigation and coordinate a recall.
Four cases of hepatitis A were linked to Creative Gourmet's Mixed Berries, sparking the second nationwide frozen berry recall after a previous outbreak in 2015. Supplier Entyce Foods initiated a recall of 48,000 Creative Gourmet's Mixed Berries in 300 gram packs, most of which were sold at independent supermarkets by March 2017.
Up to 30 different types of pre-packaged and loose leaf lettuce mixes sold at Coles, Woolworths, Bi-Lo and a number of independent retailers around Australia were recalled following a salmonella outbreak linked with the products. The affected products, which were grown in Australia, were sold under the Coles, Woolworths, SupaSalad and Wash N Toss brands and came from a Victorian-based lettuce grower Tripod Farmers. A wide range of lettuce types were affected and included both pre-packaged and loose-leaf products such as spinach, rocket, cos and mesculin.
Seven different coconut drink products were recalled for not including necessary allergen warnings. The drinks, imported from countries including China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, were largely sold through Asian grocery stores and independent retailers. For people with dairy allergies, consuming these drinks could have serious consequences. The government stepped up efforts to remove those products containing undeclared allergens from the Australian market.
Packets of frozen mixed berries, sold under the brands Nanna's and Creative Gourmet by Patties Foods, were recalled as health officials linked a number of cases of hepatitis A in Victoria and NSW to the consumption of the fruit sourced from China and Chile. The frozen mixed berries were sold mainly in Woolworths, Coles and IGA supermarkets.The recall prompted renewed calls for improved country of origin labelling.

Why do food recalls happen?

A food recall is action taken by a food business to remove unsafe food from distribution, sale and consumption. All food businesses must be able to quickly remove food from the marketplace to protect public health and safety. FSANZ coordinates and monitors food recalls in Australia. 

Recalls are classified according to the problem with the food. This includes:

  • undeclared allergen – due to incorrect labelling, incorrect packaging or contamination of the product by an allergen
  • microbial – contamination with pathogenic microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses or parasites 
  • foreign matter – contamination with material such as glass, metal or plastic objects 
  • biotoxin – contamination with biological toxins such as histamine in fish and paralytic shellfish toxin in oysters
  • chemical/other contaminants – contamination with substances such as cleaning products, pesticides, machine oil, etc 
  • packaging fault – where an fault in the food packaging results in contamination (presence of glass/metal etc) of the food or a potential choking hazard.