Hungarian company produced frozen corns, peas, beans, spinach and sorrel infected with Listeria bacteria in Baja, Hungary. The refrigerated products caused illnesses, 9 of them fatal, writes Index.hu.
Following the poisonous caraway seeds, refrigerated vegetables produced by a Hungarian company contain Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, warns the European Food Safety Authority. The vegetables had been produced by Greenyard Frozen Hungary Kft at their Baja factory, and have been exported to Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the United Kingdom. Allegedly the company has not produced food that is available for consumption in Hungary.
In overall, the bacteria found in the vegetables have caused 47 illnesses and 9 deathly cases.
The bacteria endanger especially pregnant women, infants, elderly an those with a weak immune system. There is one effective method to fight Listeria monocytogenes: it is to thoroughly cook it before consumption. Listeria is extremely tough as it can proliferate both in the refrigerator and the freezer. Nébih warns that everything stored in the fridge for more than 5 days can be exposed to the bacteria. The period of latency in case of infection can vary: it can be within a day or week, even as long as 90 days after consumption. The infection produces symptoms similar to food poisoning: the most common symptoms include diarrhoea, fever, sickness and headache. According to the company’s press statement, various kinds of vegetables can be affected by the bacterial infection.
The frozen vegetables that most likely contain the bacteria are corns, peas, beans, spinach and sorrel.
The questionable products have been produced in Baja, from the years 216, 2017 and 2018. Nébih has examined and closed the factory only to open it for test production. Every product made here in between the period from 2016 August to 2018 June has been withdrawn.