Frozen food items recalled over bacterial outbreak in Europe

The affected food products are frozen mixed vegetables and sweet corn kernels under the Pinguin brand.
The affected food products are frozen mixed vegetables and sweet corn kernels under the Pinguin brand.PHOTO: AVA

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) has recalled a brand of frozen mixed vegetables and sweet corn kernels, following a bacterial outbreak in Europe.

The affected products are sweet corn kernels under the Pinguin brand with any expiry date up to February next year, and frozen mixed vegetables with any expiry date up to March 2020.

Their countries of origin are Hungary and other European countries, including Belgium and the Netherlands.

The European Commission's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed has issued an alert on a multi-country foodborne outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes in Europe.

The source was possibly contamination from a production plant in Hungary.

"Consumers who had purchased the implicated products are advised not to consume them," the AVA said in a press statement on Monday.

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria found in the environment such as soil and water, as well as in the faeces of humans and animals.

 
 

Food items that can be contaminated by the bacteria include raw or ready-to-eat foods.

Someone with mild listeriosis, which is the infection caused by the bacteria, usually has fever and muscle aches, preceded by diarrhoea.

Listeriosis can be treated with antibiotics if diagnosed early.

Fabian Koh

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 25, 2018, with the headline 'Frozen food items recalled over bacterial outbreak in Europe'. Print Edition | Subscribe