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Listeria statement from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

Published by Department of Health & Human Services

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has identified a case of listeria from earlier in 2018 that has now been linked to the strain in Europe which has led to a recall of a range of imported frozen vegetables.

The listeria is the same serotype with similar genetics.

Unfortunately, the Victorian case who was being treated for another serious illness died earlier this year.

So it is not possible to confirm whether this person actually consumed any of the frozen vegetable products.

The family has requested that no further details be released.

Everyone should follow the recall advice issued on Monday by Food Standards Australia New Zealand by checking their freezers and disposing of the recalled products.

Listeriosis is an illness usually caused by eating food contaminated by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.

The bacteria are widely distributed in the environment and can grow in food at refrigeration temperatures.

Although uncommon, it can be particularly dangerous for pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

The Victorian Government's Better Health Channel provides important advice about preventing Listeria by avoiding high risk foods, especially during pregnancy.

It is important that people at risk handle, prepare and store food safely.

For more information visit the Better Health Channel.

So far this year in Victoria, 15 cases of Listeriosis have been notified to the Department of Health and Human Services, compared to 12 for the same period in 2017.

In Victoria, there was a total of 21 cases of Listeriosis in 2017, 25 cases in 2016 and 22 cases in 2015.

Reviewed 11 July 2018


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