Listeria outbreak: Fresh warnings as Lidl frozen sweetcorn is included in urgent product recall

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Lidl’s Frozen Green Grocer’s Supersweet Corn are being recalled over listeria fears (Lidl)

Lidl has issued a product recall on packets of frozen sweetcorn over fears they are contaminated with listeria.

The budget supermarket has issued a recall on Frozen Green Grocer’s Supersweet Corn, with best before dates until July 2020.

It is the latest product to be taken off the shelves after the Food Standards Agency (FSA) named 50 frozen products that may be contaminated with the potentially-deadly bacteria.

Listeria can pose a particular threat to the elderly and pregnant women (Rex)

Lidl joins other supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Aldi, in recalling tens of thousands of packs from their freezer section.

The stores are urging customers to return any potentially-affected items for a full refund.

A frozen food plant in Hungary, which has been known to have problems with listeria contamination since 2016, is believed to be the source of the contamination.

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Greenyard, which has recalled frozen corn, peas, beans, spinach and sorrel, said: ‘The recall initiative of these products does not imply that they are contaminated.’

A PHE spokesman said: ‘In the UK, there have been two deaths due to listeria linked to this outbreak. Both were in 2017 and in both cases, the individuals had underlying conditions.’

What is Listeria?

Listeria is a potentially-deadly bacteria that poses a particular threat to people over 65, pregnant women and babies – especially those less than one month old.

People who have contracted listeria may suffer symptoms similar to flu – including severe headaches, stiff neck and stomach upset.

Chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhoea are also common, but the symptoms usually disappear after a few days.

People more susceptible to listeria can develop life-threatening complications – including sepsis.

Lidl joins other supermarkets in issuing recalls over food poisoning warnings (Rex)

Listeria is mainly a problem with foods like frozen vegetables, soft cheeses and chilled, ready-to-eat foods like prepared sandwiches.

You can also catch it from someone else who has it – for example, if you eat food they’ve handled when they haven’t washed their hands.

Listeria can be be killed off through cooking and people are urged to wash all fresh fruit and vegetables before eating to prevent catching it.

Products affected by the recall

Pinguin Frozen Sweetcorn
Pack size – All
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to July 2020 inclusive

Pinguin Supersweet Sweetcorn
Pack size – All
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to July 2020 inclusive

Tesco frozen Mixed Vegetables and Peppers
Pack size – All
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

Tesco Broccoli Frozen Sweetcorn Peas and Spinach Steamer
Pack size – All
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

Pinguin frozen Golden Rice and Vegetables
Pack size – All
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to July 2020 inclusive

Tesco Growers Harvest Sweetcorn
Pack size – All
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

Tesco Frozen Growers Harvest Carrot Peas and Sweetcorn Steamer
Pack size – All
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

Tesco Frozen Growers Harvest Mixed Vegetables
Pack size – All
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

Tesco Frozen Broccoli, Carrot and Sweetcorn Steamer
Pack size – All
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

Tesco Frozen Every Day Value Sweetcorn
Pack size – All
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

One Stop Frozen Sweetcorn
Pack size – All
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

Aldi Four Seasons Frozen Carrots, Peas & Supersweet Sweetcorn Steamer
Pack size – All
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

Ross Mixed Country Vegetables
Pack size 1kg
Batch code All
Best before All codes to July 2020 inclusive

Aldi Four Seasons Frozen Carrots, Broccoli & Supersweet Sweetcorn Steamers
Pack size -All
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

Aldi Frozen Four Seasons Mixed Vegetables
Pack size – All
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

Aldi Four Seasons Supersweet Sweetcorn
Pack size – All
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

Independent Mix Vegetables
Pack size – All
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to July 2019 inclusive

Waitrose Essential Supersweet Sweetcorn
Pack size – E1kg
Batch code – All
Best before – Oct 2019, Nov 2019, Aug 2019

Waitrose Essential Vegetable Mix
Pack size – E1kg
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to Dec 2019 inclusive

Waitrose Fine Cut Vegetable Steamer
Pack size – E640g (4x160ge)
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

Waitrose Love Life Vegetable Medley Steamers
Pack size – E640g (4x160ge)
Batch code – P6163 P7021 P7080
Best before – May 2018, Jul 2018, Sep 2018

by Sainsbury’s Mixed Special Vegetables
Pack size – 1kg
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

by Sainsbury’s Mixed Vegetables
Pack size – 1 kg
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

Growers Pride Supersweet Sweetcorn
Pack size – 750g
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to July 2020 inclusive

by Sainsbury’s White Rice, Broccoli, Supersweet Sweetcorn & Peas Microwaveable steam bags
Pack size – 540g (4x135g)
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

Basics Mixed Vegetables
Pack size – 1kg
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

by Sainsbury’s Carrots, Broccoli & Sweetcorn Microwaveable steam bags
Pack size -540g (4x135g)
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

Lidl Frozen Green Grocer’s Supersweet Corn
Pack size -1kg
Batch code -All
Best before – All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

Pinguin Mixed Vegetable
Pack size – All
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to July 2020 inclusive

Lidl Frozen Freshona Vegetable Mix
Pack size – 1kg
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to July 2020 inclusive

Lidl Green Grocer’s Mixed Vegetables
Pack size – 1kg
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to July 2020 inclusive

Lidl Green Grocer’s Baby Carrots, Peas, Green Beans & Sweetcorn Steamers
Pack size – 640g
Batch code – All
Best before – All date codes

Lidl Green Grocer’s Fragrant Golden Rice Steamers
Pack size – 400g
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to July 2020 inclusive

Iceland Frozen Mixed Vegetables
Pack size – 900g
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes between January 2020 and June 2020 inclusive

Growers Pride Supersweet Sweetcorn
Pack size – 450g
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to July 2021 inclusive

Oriental Express Chinese Chicken
Pack size – 350g
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

Oriental Express Chinese Prawns
Pack size – 350g
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

Oriental Express Egg Fried Rice
Pack size – 350g
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

Pinguin Country Vegetable
Pack size – 1kg
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to July 2020 inclusive

Pinguin Frozen Cut Beans
Pack size – All
Batch code – NA
Best before – All codes to July 2020 inclusive

Growers Pride Mixed Vegetables
Pack size – 750g
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to July 2020 inclusive

Ross Mixed Vegetables
Pack size – 450g
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to July 2021 inclusive

Growers Pride Mixed Vegetables
Pack size – 450g
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to July 2021 inclusive

Ross Mixed Vegetables
Pack size – 1kg
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to July 2020 inclusive

Ross Sweetcorn
Pack size – 450g
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to July 2021 inclusive

Ross Sweetcorn
Pack size – 1kg
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to July 2020 inclusive

Tesco Frozen Mixed Vegetables
Pack size – All
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

Tesco Growers Harvest Frozen Mixed Vegetables
Pack size – All
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive

Tesco Frozen Sweetcorn
Pack size – All
Batch code – All
Best before – All codes to Jan 2020 inclusive