Consumer information following recall of frozen vegetables

Fruit and vegetables are healthy. Every balanced daily diet consists of a proportion of fruits and vegetables. Since health and food safety are an absolute priority, the decision was made to recall a series of frozen vegetables.

This measure is being taken in the context of a potential listeria contamination of these products. It concerns a specific type of listeria, which might incur health risks in case frozen vegetables are not properly cooked before consumption. If the frozen vegetables are cooked for at least 2 minutes at a minimum temperature of 70°C, there is no health risk.

This recall initiative does not mean that these products are effectively contaminated; it is based on a commitment to take maximum precautions.

1Which frozen vegetables have been recalled?
The recall applies to frozen vegetables which originate from a specific factory in Hungary. Products involved include frozen corn, peas, beans, spinach and sorrel. These frozen products have been produced between 13 August 2016 and 20 June 2018 and might therefore potentially be contaminated. Please contact your respective retailer where you purchased the product to learn if the product has been recalled.
2Why have these products been recalled?
These products might potentially be contaminated with listeria.The recall does not imply that all products are contaminated, but it is a matter of precautionary measure.
3What can I do to avoid or minimise the risk of listeria contamination?
If you follow the cooking instructions on the packaging and cook the frozen vegetables for at least 2 minutes at a minimum temperature of 70°C, there is zero risk for listeria contamination.
4What is listeria?
Listeria is present in nature and is a genus of bacteria that contains 10 known species. The major human pathogen in the genus Listeria is Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes). It is usually the causative agent of the relatively rare bacterial disease listeriosis, an infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacteria.
5Which specific variety of listeria is it?
The Listeria variety is Listeria monocytogenes which might imply different level of health risks if the product is not cooked at 70°C for at least 2 minutes.
6What is listeriosis?
Listeriosis is a rare but serious foodborne illness caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.
7What are the symptoms and health risks?
Symptoms range from mild flu-like symptoms, such as nausea, fever, muscle ache, vomiting and diarrhea to more serious life-threatening complications. People who are more susceptible to Listeria infections are the elderly, pregnant women, newborn infants and people with weak immune systems.
8How big is the risk that I have consumed contaminated frozen vegetables?
The recall initiative of these products does not imply that they are actually contaminated, but it is a matter of taking precautionary measures as food safety is utterly important.
9I consumed frozen vegetables and I am not feeling well. What do I need to do?
If you are not feeling well, it is advisable to visit a doctor.
10Where can I return the product?
To the retailer. Each retailer has its own recall procedure in place so please contact the retailer where you purchased the product. We work closely with the retailer to ensure the recalled product can be handed in.