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.