Massive, International Recall: 107 Countries Affected by Listeria Outbreak; U.S. And Canada Included

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July 20, 2018

More than 100 countries, including the United States and Canada, are potentially at risk for a massive recall due to Listeria concerns.

According to reports, Greenyard Frozen's frozen vegetables contain Listeria monocytogenes, and officials have been able to trace the bacteria to 47 confirmed sick individuals in five European countries. Nine people have passed away from the infection.

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Greenyard produces fresh, frozen, and prepared fruits and vegetables. These products have been linked to the outbreak in the United States, Canada, and many other countries across the globe.

The massive recall has an estimated cost of $35 million and officials say that it "includes costs for the product, transportation, handling, storage, destruction, subcontracting, lower cost absorption of the factory, and loss of margin," according to "Food Safety News."

“Some countries have re-exported some of the products imported to other countries," said a spokesman for the European Commission and the International Food Safety Authorities Network, which is managed by the Food and Agriculture Organization and World Health Organization.

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"Some have received and reprocessed original products into other products under different brands. All this is contributing to making the traceability and recalls more complex," the spokesman said.

The Greenyard's frozen items subject to recall were produced in Greenyard's Hungarian facility in Baja. The dates on the packaging have August 13, 2016, and June 20, 2018.

While the first outbreak was believed to happen in 2015, in recent days, officials said that they have identified a fatal Listeria infection in Australia and believed it was linked to the Europe outbreak.

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“We have closed our plant in Hungary and have been conducting an in-depth review of the plant with a view to identifying the root cause of the contamination in full cooperation with the respective authorities and in dialogue with the customer,” according to a statement from Greenyard.

“We will not restart production in our Hungarian facility until we are fully satisfied with the results of these tests, for which we are working in continuous cooperation and consultation with the local authorities, and following the European guidelines," the statement read.

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Following are other countries that recalled these products: Afghanistan, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Chad, Egypt, France, Georgia,Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.

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