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July 16, 2018
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Greenyard Frozen Food Recall Alert

Greenyard Frozen UK Ltd has recalled various frozen food products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The frozen foods company has voluntarily recalled numerous frozen vegetable and meat products because there is a possibility that they could contain Listeria monocytogenes.

Below is a list of all the products that have been recalled:

  • Tesco Frozen Mixed Vegetables and Peppers, all codes up to and inclusive of best before January 2020
  • Pinguin Frozen Sweetcorn, best before July 2020
  • Tesco Broccoli, Frozen Sweetcorn, Peas & Spinach Steamer, all codes up to and inclusive of January 2020
  • Pinguin Frozen Golden Rice & Vegetables, all codes up to and inclusive of July 2020
  • Tesco Frozen Growers Harvest Carrot Peas & Sweetcorn Steamer, all codes up to and inclusive of January 2020
  • One Stop Frozen Sweetcorn, all codes up to and inclusive of Best Before January 2020
  • Aldi Four Seasons Frozen Carrots, Peas and Supersweet Sweetcorn Steamers, all codes up to and inclusive of January 2020
  • Ross Mixed Country Vegetables, 1kg, all codes up to and inclusive of Best Before July 2020
  • Aldi Frozen Four Seasons Mixed Vegetables, all codes up to and inclusive of January 2020
  • Aldi Four Seasons Supersweet Sweetcorn, all codes up to and inclusive of best before January 2020
  • Independent Mixed Vegetables, all codes up to and inclusive of best before July 2019
  • Waitrose Essential Supersweet Sweetcorn, pack size E1kg, best before August 2019, October 2019, November 2019
  • Waitrose Essential Vegetable Mix, pack size E1kg, all codes up to and inclusive of best before December 2019
  • Waitrose Fine Cut Vegetable Steamer, pack size E640g (4 x 160ge), all codes up to and inclusive of best before January 2020
  • Waitrose Love Life Vegetable Medley Steamers, pack size E640g (4 x 160ge), Batch Code P6163 P7021 P7080, best before May 2018, July 2018 and September 2018
  • by Sainsbury’s Mixed Special Vegetables, pack size 1kg, all codes up to and inclusive of best before January 2020
  • by Sainsbury’s Mixed Vegetables, pack size 1kg, all codes up to and inclusive of best before January 2020
  • Growers Pride Supersweet Sweetcorn, pack size 750g, all codes up to and inclusive of July 2020
  • by Sainsbury’s White Rice, Broccoli, Supersweet Sweetcorn & Peas Microwaveable Steam bags 540g (4 x 135g), all codes up to and inclusive of January 2020
  • Sainsbury’s Mixed Vegetables, all codes up to and inclusive of best before January 2020
  • Sainsbury’s Frozen Rice Broccoli and Sweetcorn, all codes up to and inclusive of January 2020
  • Sainsbury’s Frozen Mixed Vegetables, all codes up to and inclusive of best before January 2020
  • Sainsbury’s Frozen Carrot Broccoli and Sweetcorn, all codes up to and inclusive of January 2020
  • Basics Mixed Vegetables, pack size 1kg, all codes up to and inclusive of January 2020
  • by Sainsbury’s Carrots, Broccoli & Sweetcorn Microwaveable Steam Bags, pack size 540g (4 x 135g), all codes up to and inclusive of January 2020
  • Lidl Frozen Green Grocer’s Supersweet Corn, pack size 1kg, all codes up to and inclusive of best before July 2020
  • Pinguin Mixed Vegetables, all codes to best before July 2020
  • Lidl Frozen Freshona Vegetable Mix, pack size 1kg, all codes up to and inclusive of July 2020
  • Lidl Green Grocer’s Mixed Vegetables, pack size 1kg, all codes up to and inclusive of July 2020
  • Lidl Green Grocer’s Carrots, Broccoli & Sweetcorn, pack size 640g
  • Lidl Green Grocer’s Baby Carrots, Peas, Green Beans & Sweetcorn Steamers, pack size 640g, all date codes
  • Lidl Green Grocer’s Fragrant Golden Rice Steamers, pack size 400g, all codes up to and inclusive of July 2020
  • Iceland Frozen Mixed Vegetables, pack size 900g, all codes between best before January 2020 and best before June 2020, inclusive
  • Growers Pride Supersweet Sweetcorn, pack size 450g, all codes up to and inclusive of July 2021
  • Oriental Express Chinese Chicken, pack size 350g, all codes up to and inclusive of best before January 2020
  • Oriental Express Chinese Prawns, pack size 350g, all codes up to and inclusive of best before January 2020
  • Oriental Express Egg Fried Rice, pack size 350g, all codes up to and inclusive of best before January 2020
  • Pinguin Country Vegetable, pack size 1kg, all codes up to and inclusive of July 2020
  • Pinguin Frozen Cut Beans, all codes up to and inclusive of July 2020
  • Growers Pride Mixed Vegetables, pack size 750g, all codes up to and inclusive of best before July 2020
  • Ross Mixed Vegetables, pack size 450g, all codes up to and inclusive of best before July 2021
  • Ross Mixed Vegetables, pack size 1kg, all codes up to and inclusive of best before July 2020
  • Ross Sweetcorn, pack size 450g, all codes up to and inclusive of best before July 2021
  • Ross Sweetcorn, pack size 1kg, all codes up to and inclusive of best before July 2020
  • Tesco Frozen Mixed Vegetables, all codes up to and inclusive of best before January 2020
  • Tesco Growers Harvest Frozen Mixed Vegetables, all codes up to and inclusive of best before January 2020
  • Tesco Frozen Sweetcorn, all codes up to and inclusive of best before January 2020

Greenyard moved more quickly than the Food Standards Agency to recall their products due to an outbreak of Listeriosis linked to their frozen sweetcorn, which has been traced back to a Hungarian factory that is operated by Greenyard.

During this incident, there have been many cases directly linked to consumers not following the sweetcorn pack instructions to cook the product before consumption. While the source of this contamination was thought to have been limited to the sweetcorn, it was determined that the same strains of Listeria monocytogenes were detected in frozen vegetables produced by the same Hungarian company in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

As of the 8th of July, 43 products sold by retailers including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Aldi, and Lidl – have been recalled by Greenyard. Greenyard has halted production in Hungary for an in-depth review of the production processes and will not restart until the cause has been determined and eliminated.

Although the products have been voluntarily recalled, this does not mean that all are contaminated but the recall is to ensure that Greenyard’s commitment to ‘taking a maximum of precautionary measures’ is upheld.

Although many of the affected items are sold under own-label names of some larger retailers, all retailers should check whether or not they hold stock of any of these items. If so, contact your supplier to arrange compensation and collection of the recalled products.

Sources:
https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/alert/fsa-prin-35-2018-update-1

https://www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/Article/2018/07/06/Food-poisoning-scare-grows-as-supplier-to-top-retailers-hit

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/jul/06/uk-supermarkets-recall-frozen-vegetables-over-bacteria-fears

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