Don't Cool Down by Eating Frozen Supermarket Vegetables

By Gary Cutlack on at

The latest food scandal to hit the UK involves supposed nutritional good guys the vegetables, who, instead of being nice and giving us vitamins and fibre, are currently also delivering potentially fatal listeria infections to our overwhelmed freezer compartments.

The outbreak is extremely serious, with nine suspected deaths from listeria bacteria in frozen vegetables reported so far across Europe. Hence six of our supermarkets – Aldi, Iceland, Lidl, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose – recalling vast quantities of their bagged-up frozen veg. Yes, even the Waitrose Essential Supersweet Sweetcorn is not immune from being called back in, with this outbreak revealing that the expensive variety is therefore bagged up in the same factory that produces Lidl Frozen Green Grocer Supersweet Corn, also recalled. They are... the same.

Sweetcorn is the number one suspect food that needs to be eliminated, but frozen beans, peas, mixed veg and peppers are also on the danger list. The government's Food Standards Agency has a complete list of the recalled products, so take your slushy bag back to the shops for your 99p refund. Reinvest it in five chocolate chip cookies. It's the only way to stay safe. [FSA via Which?]