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

The affected products

The affected products

The Countdown spokeswoman said the Bell Farms' steamed vegetable mix was being recalled by Belgium company Greenyard Frozen BelgiumV, where it may have been packaged.

The outbreak is extremely serious, with nine suspected deaths from listeria bacteria in frozen vegetables reported so far across Europe.

The Hungarian Food Safety Agency also recalled some of their products as a precautionary measure recently.

"The mix is uncooked and frozen so requires cooking before consumption".

Imported from Belgium and Hungary, the products were being sold at some of the nation's largest supermarket chains including Woolworths, Aldi and Independent Grocers Australia.

To verify the safety of our food products, we implement additional monitoring where we independently have our food products tested randomly.

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It is uncommon but can be unsafe for pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

"But if you're aged 70 or above, under aged five, newborn or sick (with diabetes, in hospital, having chemotherapy, having operations etc) then you can die from consuming listeria that is found on some frozen food". It can lead to sepsis and meningitis (infection and inflammation of membranes surrounding the brain).

Greenyard is mainly active in the distribution of fresh products, such as vegetables, fruit, flowers and plants.

"Woolworths and our suppliers proactively manage and prevent microbial contamination of food and have done so for many years".

"There are indications that contaminated products may still be on the market or that contaminated products purchased before the recalls are still being consumed", the authority said.

"While many people will follow cooking instructions properly (which should kill Listeria bacteria) we are aware that some people eat frozen vegetables straight from the freezer and there is a risk of some people not cooking produce properly".

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