People have warned about eating frozen fruits and vegetables sold in stores such as Dunnes, Tesco and Lidl because of illness concerns.

Irish consumers have been warned about eating certain frozen fruit and vegetable products due to illness concerns.

A new study by the Irish Food Safety Agency found “a potential low-level risk of illness for consumers who eat frozen vegetables, fruits, or herbs that cannot be eaten immediately without pre-cooking.”

The Food Safety Organization, along with Safefood Ireland, advises that all frozen vegetables, fruits and herbs that are not ready to eat should be cooked according to the label instructions before consumption.

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According to FSAI, people with weakened immunity, pregnant women, older children, and toddlers who eat these products without cooking are at risk of serious illness.

This is after about 1,000 samples of frozen vegetables, fruits and herbs have been analyzed for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes by microbiological studies. And E. coli.

Listeria monocytogenes was found in 27 (3%) of the tested samples. Most of them were frozen vegetables that could not be eaten immediately.

Symptoms of Listeria monocytogenes infection include mild flu-like symptoms or gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

FSAI and Safefood emphasize that while low numbers for the presence of this bacterium are potential health risks for those who may eat these inedible frozen foods infrequently. I am.

Also, if consumer preparation and handling practices allow Listeria monocytogenes to grow to a level sufficient to cause Listeriosis, it is a threat.

The survey’s consumer survey surveyed 815 people across Ireland and found that 80% ate frozen vegetables on a regular basis, 40% ate frozen fruits, and 13% ate frozen herbs. ..

Most (68%) say they cook the product before eating, while others (32%) say they eat one or more types of frozen vegetables, fruits, or herbs on a regular basis without cooking. I did.

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and mixed berries were the most likely frozen fruits to be eaten raw in desserts and smoothies.

A few consumers said they regularly eat uncooked, ready-to-eat frozen vegetables such as sweet corn, carrots, peas, peppers, and spinach as salads and garnishes.

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Dr. Pamela Byrne, CEO of FSAI, emphasizes the importance of correct labeling and requires catering and the food service industry to ensure that they follow the manufacturer’s instructions when preparing food for their customers. there is.

“It’s important for food manufacturers to follow best-practice guidelines, specify clear cooking procedures for ready-to-eat frozen products, and label them so clearly,” she said.

“They also need to make sure that there are no suggestions provided in the package, such as frozen vegetables, fruits, herbs, etc. that suggest that the product can be thawed and eaten without pre-cooking. ..

“Cataering companies and the food service industry need to check food labels and cook frozen products when instructed to ensure that the food they serve to their customers is safe to eat.”

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