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abcnews July 11, 2018

SOUTH African retailer Woolworths has recalled its frozen savoury rice mix products.

The company says the rice contains sweetcorn that is imported from a factory that is suspected of being the source of a Listeria outbreak in Europe.

“Following a worldwide product recall issued by the Hungarian Food Safety Agency, and purely as a precautionary measure, we are recalling our Woolworths Frozen Savoury Rice Mix product (6009173621740),” the company said in a statement.

It added that the Listeria bacteria is easily destroyed by cooking.

“The Frozen Savoury Rice Mix product is uncooked and frozen and so requires cooking before consumption. Thorough cooking ensures that the product is safe.”

According to Woolworths, they proactively manage and prevent bacterial contamination of food and have done so for many years.

The retailer says they have very strict protocols in place as part of their standard food safety management process.

“To verify the safety of our food products, we implement additional monitoring where we independently have our food products tested randomly,” it said in a statement.

The retailer advised its customers who bought the product to return the product for a full refund.

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