Food Safety

Sweet Corn Linked To Listeria Outbreak in Europe


A recent listeria outbreak in the European Union has been linked to a frozen vegetable facility in Hungary through whole genome sequencing.  The facility has stopped all production and sales due to this recent information.

To date approximately 50 people have been reported infected with 9 deaths. Countries affected are Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

It is also suspected there are other vegetable items at risk by this listeria outbreak and there has been a recall of over 40 products currently in the marketplace including broccoli, green beans and various mixed vegetables.

Even though it is common to use vegetables in uncooked/unheated applications it is of utmost importance to follow all cooking instructions on the label.  All frozen vegetables must be thoroughly cooked before consuming.  Listeria monocytogenes is killed during the cooking process and therefore the threat of becoming ill is eliminated when the IQF vegetables are handled properly.





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