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ONLY 20% vegetables come from Europe?

Listeria bacteria: ONLY 20% vegetables come from Europe?

Reassuring words: “Simplot is confident consumers here will not be put off”

Here we go again. Don’t have to worry about dropping dead after eating contaminated vegetables from Europe because only 20% are imported. And which ones are those? Why is Australia importing any bloody vegetables at all. Europe can’t grow very much for half the year—it’s too damned cold. Go figure!

Simplot, the largest Australian manufacturer of frozen vegetables, is confident consumers here will not be put off buying the local product in the wake of the recall of imported frozen vegetables announced on Monday.

Source: ABC

Frozen vegetables recall over fears of potential contamination not expected to generate consumer backlash

Popular brands of frozen vegetables are being recalled from supermarkets across Australiaover fears of potential contamination by the listeria bacteria.

Earlier this year a listeria outbreak linked to contaminated rockmelons claimed six lives in NSW and Victoria.

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) on Monday issued an alert for a number of brands of vegetable products across Aldi, Woolworths and IGA stores.

Some of the vegetables were imported from Europe, and the recall in Australia comes after recent recalls in the United Kingdom over the same contamination fears.

Only about 20 per cent of frozen vegetables sold in Australia are from overseas.

Australian frozen vegetables not affected

Adam Hamlin, the general manager of Simplot which sells 40 per cent of all frozen vegetables in supermarkets, said he could not see any big reaction to their Australian frozen vegetables.

“We are pretty certain there won’t be any impact on our Australian grown Birds Eye brand.

“The support we have had on social media has been overwhelming,” he said.

He said the company was very confident in its food safety programs for its Australian-grown produce but there was always the risk that consumers might question the [food] category.

“But we think frozen Australian vegetables are a fantastic healthy option for people.

He said the changes to the country of origin label would help the industry and help the consumer to buy locally grown produce.

“This may be a positive in pushing people back to Aussie vegetables and fruit,” he said.

A spokesperson for Coles said all Coles brand frozen vegetables were Australian grown and were not included in the recall.

The peak body for Australian vegetable growers, AUSVEG, has said the national recall involved imported products only, not locally grown produce.

Chief executive officer James Whiteside he did not think growers would be overly concerned and they had faith in the ability of the public to make informed decisions about the food that they buy.

Shoppers say they will me more careful

Shoppers outside a Woolworths in Haymarket in Sydney said they were most likely to be a bit more careful in regards to what vegetables they buy.

{ 18 comments… add one }
  • Pensioner Pete 11/07/2018, 8:02 am

    Full disclosure food labeling would be more than helpful, however, our corrupt politicians are resisting calls for full disclosure including straightforward labeling to allow shoppers to make accurate judgment upon selection of supermarket items. Choice magazine has been campaigning for years to correct this blatant deception of the public, however our corrupt politicians who are clearly in the pockets of the multi-nationals, continue to refuse to ensure we, the public have full and accurate information upon the produce we need to purchase at the supermarket of food outlets. This inaction by politicians is further evidence they are not working for us, they are working for those who donate millions into the major political party coffers.

  • Penguinite 11/07/2018, 8:21 am

    #1 Full disclosure of where edible foodstuffs are grown is paramount
    #2 Fancy and misleading descriptions should be banned like “packed in NZ”
    #3 Mixing local with imported products banned
    #4 Inclusion of local packaging to disguise the origin banned
    #5 Using local names to disguise imported fish banned

  • crankykoala 11/07/2018, 8:43 am

    Reminds me of a year or two ago when I purchased a pack of McCains frozen pumpkin and noted it had been packed in New Zealand, no mention that it was NZ produce. I emailed McCains requesting the country of origin of the actual pumpkin and they replied CHINA!
    That pumpkin went into the rubbish, I will not knowingly eat anything from China and indeed with foodstuff try, in all instances, to secure PRODUCE OF AUSTRALIA.. As PP and P have mentioned full disclosure of country of origin is required, none of this “20% imported ingredients”.

    • Joe Blogs 11/07/2018, 10:36 am

      cranky, you got 500g of obfuscation.

    • nev 11/07/2018, 11:17 am

      And cranky you will, as we all will, remember the add (
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Napl0fjqL5w) and remember your out come. “McCains once and we never did it again”.

    • TommyGun 11/07/2018, 3:06 pm

      Yes, CK, a lot of people don’t know that the chings moved in hordes to NZ and set up a lot of packaging plants there. A lot of items in our shops are “Packed in NZ”. They make sure to put the NZ flag on, too, because to the casual observer it could be mistaken for our flag.
      I am hoping the new food labeling laws that supposedly came into effect on July 1st will put an end to much of this nonsense.

  • Neville 11/07/2018, 10:27 am

    Likewise with halal – not knowingly buy ANY product upon which halal extortion payment is paid.

    • nev 11/07/2018, 11:22 am

      Yes Neville were the same and urge every Australian to do so, that’s a big part of our power in this case.

    • Pensioner Pete 11/07/2018, 11:25 am

      Nev: It is bloody difficult to find on many products, if Halal. I have a scanner on my so called ‘smartphone’ which does the job, but I am not 100% sure it is even up to scratch all the time. If Halal, then the product too, should be clearly marked to show such, to allow us to boycott the scum’s scam, easily.

  • JG 11/07/2018, 12:07 pm

    Big supermarkets are after one thing. Import at low cost to get biggest profit. They will not pay Aust farmers a fair price and buy their products. Not enough profit.
    We were all better off when we had the corner store and these super market companies did not exist in Aust.
    Then again politics focus on cities and the rural are where our fresh safe food comes from are ignored…… not enough votes out there.

  • Clarion Call 11/07/2018, 1:08 pm

    We’re all very nation-proud. But when it comes to buying the weekly groceries that sentiment mostly goes out the window. Then we are ruled by the wallet’s pre-disposition to grab the lowest cost items irrespective of origin. If we were fair dinkum, we’d have our pantry stocked with Dick Smith’s produce. We don’t. We buy all our vegies and fruit from the local farmers’ market. It might not look as blemish -free as Woolies, but it tastes better and remains fresher, longer. Give them a go.

  • John Klasen 11/07/2018, 4:21 pm

    I was in Woollies and saw a leg of pork and had a look at it and it said form local and imported product, I called one of those people hopping about and asked what part of the pigs leg was imported? he looked at me and shook his head he didn’t know then I asked him if it was halal pork again he didn’t know he said, I used to love shopping but the wife keeps away from me in the shop, again buying sardines they had tins of the but some were marked WILD SARDINES and I asked if they had any tame ones, it’s all worked out well actually, the wife now buys me a paper and says sit here on this bench while I go in and do the shopping. They have no cense of humour when customers ask embarasing Questions.

    • Joe Blogs 11/07/2018, 7:13 pm

      JK, I think you may have fallen in with some kindred spirits on MM.

    • Neville 12/07/2018, 1:29 am

      Like your style, JK! (“halal pork”!! Seriously!! LOL)

  • Graham Richards 11/07/2018, 4:52 pm

    EU farmers are paid huge subsidies to help them compete. Australian farmers get no subsidies I’m aware of. Why in hell are Woolworths, Coles, Aldi & others not supporting our farmers & processors who get no subsidies what so ever. Why are subsidised farm products not slapped with some tariffs to keep the EU produce out of here. This is blatant dumping of non competitive produce. The Listerosis is no doubt a by product of cost cutting at source! This is not fair trade where our farmers are concerned. The federal government must step in & stop this BS.

    • Joe Blogs 11/07/2018, 7:17 pm

      Yes, GR. If nothing else, Trump’s changed the rules of the game but I don’t know how our government (chuckle, chuckle, choke) intends to respond.

  • Clarion Call 11/07/2018, 7:44 pm

    In the usual incompetent, haven’t got a friggen clue, sort of way, JB. What else could you really expect from this band of corruptocrats? If Aussies weren’t so complacent and accepting, we might have crowds in the streets…pitchforks at the ready. Simmering discontent already bubbling.

    • Joe Blogs 11/07/2018, 8:14 pm

      “There has never been a more exciting time to be an Australian.” So said Trumble.

      I’m exc..i..t..ed. I am. Shit yeah.

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