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Imported frozen food risks our health again

Australians, once again, have had their health jeopardised by imported frozen food (from Europe), with reports surfacing that products could potentially be contaminated by the deadly LISTERIA bacteria.
The alert went out yesterday on products stocked at Aldi, Woolworths and IGA stores, after a recall was put out across the United Kingdom in recent days. Since 8 June, 47 cases of listeriosis have been reported to the European Food Safety Authority and while there have been no deaths in Australia, 9 people have died in Europe.
This recall does not affect Australian grown vegetables and consumers can now purchase with full transparency as the new labelling laws, effective from 1 July, have manufacturers inform not only of the level of how ‘Australian’ a product is, but also include listing which country the product is from.
The following products that are affected are listed below and if you have these in your fridge, please either discard them or ask for a refund at the place of purchase.
  • Essentials snap frozen mixed veg 1kg: Carrots, peas, corn, green beans & potatoes – National distribution. Best before dates 19 MAR 2020 through to 24 APR 2020.
  • Bell Farms Steam Veggie Carrot Corn and Broccoli 3pk 450g – National distribution, all stock.
  • Black & Gold Corn Kernels 500g – National distribution. Best before all dates.
  • Black & Gold Mixed Vegetables 1kg: Carrots, peas, beans & corn – National distribution. Best before all dates.
  • Market Fare Peas, Carrots and Super Sweet Corn 1kg – National distribution.
  • Market Fare Corn Kernels 1kg QLD, VIC, WA and select NSW stores. Product of Hungary (only).
  • Market Fare Mixed Vegetables 1kg QLD, NSW, ACT, WA. Packed in Belgium from imported and Belgian ingredients (only).
  • Market Fare Quick Steam Carrot Broccoli and Cauliflower 450g – National distribution.
  • Market Fare Quick Steam Carrot Corn and Broccoli 450g – National distribution.
  • Only products with country of origin of Belgium, United Kingdom or Hungary. All other countries not affected.
People who are more susceptive to listeria infections, including those over the age of 65, pregnant women and their unborn babies, babies less than one month old and people with weakened immune systems.
Symptoms of listeriosis include those similar to the flu and include high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhoea. If you have eaten these products and have the above symptoms, please contact your doctor immediately.
I know that many of us would love to be able to go to the supermarket and know that all products stocked are fully Australian grown and made, however, due to our international trade agreements that previous governments and politicians have signed, this is unfortunately going to be far from a reality.
One thing that we can do to make a difference is to show the supermarkets that we prefer Australian made with our dollars – use the new product labels to purchase Australian grown or made and when supermarkets have too much left-over international produce, they will limit their future orders. It’s all about supply and demand.