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Thaw point: Experts warn on eating frozen vegetables while still frozen

10 July 2018

Countdown supermarkets have withdrawn a frozen vegetables product after concerns it may be contaminated with a risky strain of bacteria.

Countdown has voluntarily withdrawn one if its frozen vegetable Bell Farms' products after a recall in Australia.

A food company with a factory in Lynn has recalled dozens of frozen vegetable products amid fears they may be contaminated.

The frozen vegetables are being recalled due to 'possible microbial contamination, ' according to Food Standard Australia New Zealand.

He said cooking the vegetables should kill the bacteria, but warned against eating undefrosted or undercooked frozen vegetables.

"There have been no reports of illness that we're aware of in New Zealand".

A number of brand names are affected by the recall, including Woolworths homebrand and IGA Black & Gold mixed vegetable and corn kernel products.

There are concerns that the products may be contaminated with listeria, a potentially deadly food-borne bacteria.

Listeria is found widely in the environment, but is particularly risky for pregnant women and their unborn babies, and can cause death in people with compromised immune systems.

Symptoms of the rare disease include muscle aches, fevers, nausea, drowsiness and diarrhoea, according to a Department of Health fact sheet.

Black & Gold Corn Kernels 500g and Gold Mixed Vegetables 1kg Carrots, peas, beans & corn (left) are both being recalled at IGA.

Thaw point: Experts warn on eating frozen vegetables while still frozen