Frozen sweetcorn from Lidl Supermarket UK has been recalled amid Listeria outbreak

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A warning has been issued over frozen sweetcorn that may be contaminated with listeria in UK Lidle supermarket. Lidl’s Frozen Green Grocer’s Supersweet Corn, with best before dates until July 2020, are being recalled following a recent food poisoning alert.

Listeria is a bacteria that poses a particular threat to the elderly, pregnant women and babies.

The recall comes after the Food Standards Agency named 50 frozen products that have been taken off shelves over fears they may be contaminated with the bacteria.

Stores, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Aldi, have already cleared tens of thousands of packs from their freezer section and are urging people to return products to get a refund.

Contaminated sweetcorn has been linked to 47 cases of illness across Europe including nine deaths.

In the UK, there are believed to be 11 known cases, although the actual number is likely to be much higher.

Most people who contract the bacteria typically suffer a severe headache, stiff neck and stomach upset but these symptoms disappear after a few days.

 

Listeria is a bacteria that poses a particular threat to the elderly, pregnant women and babies 

However, vulnerable groups such as elderly people, pregnant women and babies could develop life-threatening complications, such as sepsis.

Watchdogs have said listeria can be killed off through cooking but as some people eat sweetcorn raw in salads, it could pose a risk.

The contamination has been traced to a frozen food plant in Hungary which has been known to have problems with listeria contamination since 2016.

Yet despite this, it was allowed to continue supplying to shops.

The link was only discovered by Public Health England in March when experts launched a detailed investigation.


A PHE spokesman said: ‘In the UK, there have been two deaths due to listeria linked to this outbreak. Both were in 2017 and in both cases, the individuals had underlying conditions.’

This is a full list of the products potentially contaminated:

Pinguin Frozen Sweetcorn

  • Pack size – All
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – July 2020

Pinguin Supersweet Sweetcorn

  • Pack size – All
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – July 2020

Tesco Frozen Broccoli, Carrot and Sweetcorn Steamer

  • Pack size – All
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – All codes to Jan 2020

Tesco Frozen Every Day Value Sweetcorn

  • Pack size – All
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – All codes to Jan 2020

Ross Mixed Vegetables

  • Pack size – 12x450g
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – July 2021

Aldi Four Seasons Supersweet Sweetcorn

  • Pack size – All
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – All codes to Jan 2020

Waitrose Essential Supersweet Sweetcorn

  • Pack size – E1kg
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – Oct 2019, Nov 2019, Aug 2019

Waitrose Essential Mixed Vegetable

  • Pack size – E1kg
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – All up to Dec 2019

Tesco Frozen Mixed Vegetables

  • Pack size – All
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – All codes to Jan 2020

Waitrose Fine Cut Vegetable Steamer

  • Pack size – E640g (4x160ge)
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – All up to Jan 2020

Waitrose Love Life Vegetable Medley Steamers

  • Pack size – E640g (4x160ge)
  • Batch code – P6163 P7021 P7080
  • Best before – May 2018, Jul 2018, Sep 2018

Sainsbury Frozen Special Mixed Vegetables

  • Pack size – All
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – All codes to Jan 2020

Growers Pride Mixed Vegetables

  • Pack size – 12x450g
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – July 2021

Sainsbury Frozen Basic Mixed Vegetables

  • Pack size – All
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – All codes to Jan 2020

Sainsbury Frozen Rice Broccoli and Sweetcorn

  • Pack size – All
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – All codes to Jan 2020

Sainsbury Frozen Mixed Vegetables

  • Pack size – All
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – All codes to Jan 2020

Sainsbury Frozen Carrot Broccoli and Sweetcorn

  • Pack size – All
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – All codes to Jan 2020

Pinguin Supersweet Corn

  • Pack size – 1×10 kg
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – July 2020

Lidl Frozen Green Grocer Supersweet Corn

  • Pack size – All
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – All codes to Jan 2020

Tesco Growers Harvest Frozen Mixed Vegetables

  • Pack size – All
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – All codes to Jan 2020

Lidl Frozen Freshona Vegetable Mix

  • Pack size – All
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – All codes to July 2020

Iceland Frozen Mixed Vegetables

  • Pack size – 900g
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – All codes to 22 June 2020

Pinguin Frozen Mixed Vegetables

  • Pack size – 1×10 kg
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – July 2020

Independent Mix Vegetables

  • Pack size – All
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – July 2019

Ross Mixed Vegetables

  • Pack size – 10x1kg
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – July 2020

Pinguin Mixed Vegetable

  • Pack size – All
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – July 2020

Pinguin Frozen Cut Beans

  • Pack size – All
  • Batch code – NA
  • Best before – July 2020

Growers Pride Mixed Vegetables

  • Pack size – 12x750g
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – July 2020

Ross Mixed Country Vegetables

  • Pack size – 10x1kg
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – July 2020

Growers Pride Supersweet Sweetcorn

  • Pack size – 12x750g
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – July 2020

Pinguin frozen Golden Rice and Vegetables

  • Pack size – All
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – July 2020

Growers Pride Supersweet Sweetcorn

  • Pack size – 12x450g
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – July 2021

Ross Sweetcorn

  • Pack size – 12x450g
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – July 2021

Ross Sweetcorn

  • Pack size – 10x1kg
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – July 2020

Tesco Frozen Sweetcorn

  • Pack size – All
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – All codes to Jan 2020

Tesco frozen Mixed Vegetables and Peppers

  • Pack size – All
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – All codes to Jan 2020

Tesco Broccoli Frozen Sweetcorn Peas and Spinach Steamer

  • Pack size – All
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – All codes to Jan 2020

Tesco Frozen Growers Harvest Carrot Peas and Sweetcorn Steamer

  • Pack size – All
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – All codes to Jan 2020

Tesco Frozen Growers Harvest Mixed Vegetables

  • Pack size – All
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – All codes to Jan 2020

Tesco Frozen Sweetcorn

  • Pack size – All
  • Batch code – All
  • Best before – All codes to Jan 2020

Source: Metro

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