Frozen vegetable recall

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Greenyard Frozen UK is recalling a range of frozen vegetables that could cause listeriosis.   

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) food compliance services group manager Melinda Sando says the product that's being recalled has been associated with cases of listeria overseas, involving 47 cases and 9 deaths.

"There have been no reports of associated illness in New Zealand," says Ms Sando.

"Frozen vegetables generally pose no risk if cooked correctly before eating. Cooking frozen veggies before eating them is particularly important if you are in one of the more vulnerable groups that include the elderly, pregnant women, babies, and people with weakened immune systems.

"If you're in this group, you need to take more care to cook the product properly and not eat it frozen.

"This is a good reminder that bugs like listeria can be present in some foods without causing harm.  People need to follow instructions on the label and observe good food safety practices to keep themselves safe."

Listeria may cause illness in pregnant women and their unborn babies, newborns, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. As always, these vulnerable groups should take particular care with food safety.

If you have medical concerns contact your healthcare professional.

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