Woolworths recalls frozen rice mix amid listeria concerns

Deadly bacteria fears: Supermarkets recall frozen vegetables

Deadly bacteria fears: Supermarkets recall frozen vegetables

The department said everyone should follow the recall advice issued on Monday by Food Safety Australia New Zealand.

It said Listeria is easily killed through cooking - which would've been required for the frozen rice.

The rice mix contains frozen sweetcorn sourced from the Greenyard Factory in Hungary.

Belgium-based frozen food distributor Greenyard Frozen NV is conducting the recall of its products and United Kingdom supermarkets - Aldi, Lidl, Iceland, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose - have also removed various frozen vegetable products from their shelves due to concerns about possible listeria contamination.

The factory has been implicated as the potential source of a listeria outbreak in Europe.

Listeria is a type of bacteria that can live in soil, water, dust, animal faeces or other substances.

The Frozen Savoury Rice Mix product is uncooked and frozen and so requires cooking before consumption.

The person died earlier this year and was being treated for another serious illness, so it is not possible to confirm if they had consumed any of the vegetables, the department said.

The outbreak was linked to Enterprise facilities in Polokwane and Germiston which produced cold meats, including Woolworths' beloved Salami sticks.

Symptoms of the rare disease include muscle aches, fevers, nausea, drowsiness and diarrhoea, according to a Department of Health fact sheet.

A spokeswoman for Fine Fare Food Market, which operates both chains in the UAE, confirmed that shoppers will receive a full refund.

"To verify the safety of our food products, we implement additional monitoring where we independently have our food products tested randomly", the retailer said. "We have very strict protocols in place as part of our standard food safety management process".