More frozen vegetables recalled over deadly listeria fears
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More frozen vegetables recalled over deadly listeria fears

More frozen vegetables have been recalled over fears of deadly contamination,  after a larger national recall last month over possible links to listeria.

Black & Gold's frozen mixed vegetables have been recalled.

Black & Gold's frozen mixed vegetables have been recalled.

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Metcash has recalled Black & Gold's one-kilogram Mixed Vegetables from IGA, Campbells and Independent Grocers across NSW, Victoria and Tasmania because of possible contamination with the potentially deadly bacteria, the NSW Food Authority said.

Consumers are advised not to eat the product and to return it to the place of purchase for a refund, the food authority said.

Listeria (or Listeria monocytongenes) is a bacterium common in the environment that can also be found in raw foods. While eating food containing listeria will not make most people sick, in some people it can cause listeriosis.

Listeriosis is most likely to affect pregnant women and their unborn babies, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, and sometimes nausea and diarrhoea. While rare, listeriosis can lead to stillbirth during pregnancy.

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In its more severe form, listeriosis can cause collapse and shock, and about a third of patients whose infection spreads to the central nervous system will die.

Six people died in February and March following a national outbreak of listeria linked to rockmelon, three in NSW and three in Victoria.

In July, Victorian health authorities linked a February death to a European strain.

However, the Victorian Department of Health said it was not possible to confirm whether the person's death was linked to eating vegetables included in a July recall.

On July 9, Food Standards Australia New Zealand confirmed supermarkets across the country including Woolworths, IGA and Aldi began pulling frozen vegetables from their shelves over fears of possible listeria contamination.

Listeria bacteria were discovered in frozen spinach and green bean samples from a Hungarian plant, and frozen vegetable products were also pulled from British supermarkets about the same time.

Health authorities urge anyone with health concerns to visit their GP.

With Aisha Dow

Rachel Clun is a reporter at the Sydney Morning Herald. She was previously a reporter with the Brisbane Times and Domain.