Following wide-ranging recalls in November 2018 of romaine lettuce, turkey, and hamburger in the United States, warnings about Listeria-tainted frozen vegetables that had killed nine people a few months before began to recirculate.
Supermarkets in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom recalled frozen vegetables in July 2018 in response to a Listeria outbreak, but the frozen vegetable recall did not affect American customers.
Greenyard Frozen UK supplied the frozen vegetables in question to various supermarket chains overseas. The company issued a series of product recalls in response to contamination in early July 2018. Supermarkets affected by the recall — including Aldi, Tesco, Sainbury’s, Waitrose, Lidl, and Iceland — issued recall notices of their own, many of which went viral on social media:
Greenyard Frozen Belgium NV is recalling all of the following ALDI products:
– Market Fare Peas, Carrots and Super Sweet Corn 1kg (All Stores)
– Market Fare Corn Kernels 1kg – Product of Hungary (QLD, VIC, WA and selected NSW Stores: Tweed Heads, Grafton, Ballina, Coffs Harbour, Lismore, Lavington, Albury, Casino, Byron Bay, Toormina, Goonellabah & Armidale)
– Market Fare Mixed Vegetables 1kg – Packed in Belgium from Imported and Belgian Ingredients (QLD, NSW, ACT, WA Stores only)
– Market Fare Quick Steam Carrot Broccoli and Cauliflower 450g (All Stores)
– Market Fare Quick Steam Carrot Corn and Broccoli 450g (All Stores)
The recall is due to possible microbial contamination. Customers should not eat products that have been listed and return the product to any ALDI store for a full refund.
Only products that state Product of Belgium, United Kingdom or Hungary are affected.
For further information please contact: ALDI Food Recall Hotline on 1800 709 993, www.greenyardfrozen.com and www.foodstandards.gov.au/recalls for Australian food recall information.
As warnings of the frozen vegetable recalls circulated on social media, many consumers believed that the recall applied to frozen vegetables sold at grocery stores in the United States, which in July 2018 was not the case. Following a series of mergers and acquisitions led by Pinguin Foods UK, Greenyard Frozen UK became one of the largest processes of fresh vegetables in the UK, but the company does not distribute products to North America.