Harmful bacteria in the frozen vegetable mix
The consumer protection portal "lebensmittelwarnung.de" from the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety is currently warning of bacteria harmful to health in a frozen vegetable mix sold by Lidl. The Belgian company Greenyard Frozen Belgium N.V. has started a recall for the product "Freshona Vegetable Mix" in the 1000 gram pack. According to the manufacturer, bacteria of the Listeria monocytogenes type can be found in the vegetables. Deaths have also been reported. The European Food Safety Authority (efsa) is currently warning of frozen vegetables as a likely trigger.
The product was sold throughout Germany at the Lidl supermarket chain. Among other things, the bacteria can cause nausea and vomiting. In the interests of preventive consumer protection, the manufacturer calls the product back regardless of the best-before date. Lidl Germany also reacted immediately and has taken the affected product out of sale. Buyers can return the vegetable mix to any Lidl store. The purchase price will also be reimbursed without presentation of the receipt.
Which products are affected?
According to the manufacturer, only the "Freshona vegetable mix" in the 1000 gram pack is affected. However, with all the best-before dates that have already been produced. Lidl and Greenyard Frozen Belgium N.V. emphasize that only this article is affected. Other frozen products sold at Lidl Germany as well as other products of the Freshona brand and other manufacturers are not affected.
What health risks are to be expected after eating?
The bacterium Listeria monocytogenes can trigger severe stomach and intestinal diseases (listeriosis) with flu-like symptoms. Serious illnesses can develop especially in the elderly, small children and pregnant women as well as in immunocompromised people. The manufacturer and Lidl strongly advise against the consumption of the possibly contaminated products.
Listeriosis can be life threatening
The bacterium Listeria monocytogenes occurs almost everywhere in the environment. In most cases it is safe for healthy adults. In some cases, and especially in young, old and weakened groups of people, the bacteria can trigger the infectious disease listeriosis. In fact, Listeria deaths are even reported frequently.
Should you see a doctor after eating the mixed vegetables?
A precautionary visit to the doctor if no symptoms appear is not absolutely necessary. However, people who have eaten the frozen vegetables and develop severe or persistent symptoms should seek medical help immediately. Typical symptoms that can be triggered by Listeria are:
- Stomach pain,
- Body aches,
- A headache,
- Nausea and vomiting.
Infants, toddlers, older and immunocompromised people, newly operated people, people suffering from diabetes, cancer patients and AIDS patients are particularly at risk. In extreme cases, the bacterium can trigger meningitis (meningitis) or blood poisoning (sepsis) in these risk groups. Pregnant women should also be particularly careful. Infected unborn babies can develop serious illnesses, which in the worst case can result in death. (vb)