Listeria: corn and other contaminated vegetables

Many products containing frozen vegetables from Hungary could pose a risk of listeriosis. France organizes their recall. The alert was launched three months back in France: frozen vegetables from Hungary, sold in many stores in mainland France and overseas, pose a risk of contamination with listeria.

The Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF), which publishes the list of products concerned, already counts, as of July 18, nearly twenty references (bags of frozen vegetables, prepared meals , salads …). 48 cases of listeriosis including 10 deaths

According to the report of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), there is a “multi-country outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes”.

In three years, 5 European countries reported 48 cases of listeriosis linked to frozen corn and “possibly other frozen vegetables”, including 10 deaths – the European Commission informed the French authorities in July 2018 of a recent death in Australia. France has not, to date, identified any case of listeriosis corresponding to the strain that contaminated these vegetables. Health authorities, however, recall that cooking food at 70 ° C or higher kills the bacteria and prevents contamination.

Caused by the ingestion of listeria (Listeria monocytogenes bacteria), listeriosis is characterized by the appearance of a fever (more or less high), headaches and sometimes digestive disorders (nausea, diarrhea, vomiting). Pregnant women need to be particularly sensitive to these symptoms, as this disease can lead to health consequences for the child. Elderly people as well as those with a fragile immune system should also be vigilant.


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