Supermarkets including Tesco, Lidl, Aldi, Waitrose and Iceland have pulled more frozen food products from shelves amid a deadly listeria outbreak.
The Food Standards Agency said frozen sweetcorn is believed to be behind the outbreak of listeriosis, a rare bacterial illness that can cause serious health risks.
Nine deaths in Europe – including two in the UK – have been linked to the outbreak, the Manchester Evening News reports.
A freezing plant in Hungary is thought to be the source of contamination, with two UK cases showing patients consumed the same brand of frozen corn from the same UK supermarket known to be supplied by Hungary.
The initial recall list affected 43 products, but six more have been added, bringing the total number of products voluntarily recalled by Greenyard Frozen UK Ltd to 49.
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So far 11 people in the UK have been affected by listeriosis dating back to 2015, with dozens more in four other countries in Europe.
The European Food Safety Authority has identified 47 cases over three years, including the nine deaths.
The EFSA said the extent of the outbreak had initially been underestimated, and recent cases showed it was continuing.
Listeriosis is a rare but serious foodborne illness caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes that can be more serious for those individuals who have weakened immune systems, and also the elderly, pregnant women and infants.
The FSA has issued a list of 49 frozen food items – many sold across the big supermarket chains – that are all being withdrawn from sale.
It said The products might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Symptoms caused by this organism can be similar to flu and include high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhoea.
Some people are more vulnerable to listeria infections, including those over 65 years of age, pregnant women and their unborn babies, babies less than one month old and people with weakened immune systems.
If you have bought any of the above products do not eat them.
Instead, return the product to the store from where it was bought for a full refund.
Point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling these products. These notices explain to customers why the products are being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought any of the products listed above.
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