Food Recalls

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Where possible, it would be useful to contain information about the recall such as:

  • Affected products and batch number
  • Related stores
  • Type of contaminant
  • Steps to take



      2 minutes in the Microwave kills everything.


      Best not to eat vegetables I think. The thought of this (eating contaminated food) makes me feel unwell. My concern is it will be like the frozen berries where the recall starts out small and ends up a lot more widespread.
      Fresh veg for us.

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        when was the frozen berries recall ?


          there's been a few. nannas seems to attract the most attention. it kicked up a shitstorm because the berries came from china.

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            @mtg: The issue with fruit contamination is that people don't tend to cook fruit so they don't kill the bugs. I'm willing to bet that a lot of people were using the frozen berries for smoothies, etc. There was a recent outbreak of Listeria with fresh rockmelons.

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            @mtg: excellent choice of words!

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          ahhh the pooberries, fun times…


        I've been eating these frozen vegetables from Woolworths and ALDI for years. They're the cheapest vegetables at $1.59/kg.

        If anything happens to me I want everyone to know I love you all!

        But, what should I be doing now, seeing a doctor?


      This article form Choice looks pretty good on food safety.

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      The disturbing part of this for me is that an identical recall (of frozen vegetables) is occurring in a number of other countries just now, including Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the UK.
      There must be a commonality to the recall, musn't there?

      BBC is reporting the concern is with sweetcorn.


      what about coles prepacked microwave broccoli ?

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        Supermarkets including Woolworths, IGA and ALDI have pulled packets of sweetcorn and frozen vegetable products from shelves.

        Own-brand products for ALDI, including Market Fare frozen vegetables, are among those affected as well as bags of Essentials snap frozen mixed vegetables and Bell Farms steam veggie carrot, corn and broccoli bags, which are sold at Woolworths.

        It doesn't mention Coles, but microwave broccoli bags from Woolies are among those affected so might want to hold off until a full list comes out.

        Edit: Found a full list, seems Coles is safe.

    • +3 votes

      This seems to be the full list from here:


      Woolworths — Essentials snap frozen mixed veg 1kg: Carrots, peas, corn, green beans & potatoes — National distribution Best Before 19 MAR 2020 through to 24 APR 2020

      Woolworths — Bell Farms Steam Veggie Carrot Corn and Broccoli 3pk 450g — National distribution, all stock

      IGA — Black & Gold Corn Kernels 500g — National distribution Best Before all dates

      IGA — Black & Gold Mixed Vegetables 1kg: Carrots, peas, beans & corn — National distribution Best Before all dates

      ALDI — Market Fare Peas, Carrots and Super Sweet Corn 1kg — National distribution

      ALDI — Market Fare Corn Kernels 1kg QLD, VIC, WA and select NSW stores Product of Hungary (only)

      ALDI — Market Fare Mixed Vegetables 1kg QLD, NSW, ACT, WA Packed in Belgium from Imported and Belgian Ingredients (only)

      ALDI — Market Fare Quick Steam Carrot Broccoli and Cauliflower 450g — National distribution

      ALDI — Market Fare Quick Steam Carrot Corn and Broccoli 450g — National distribution

      ALDI: Only products with country of origin of Belgium, United Kingdom or Hungary, all other countries not affected.


      The biggest surprise for me was that we're importing Hungarian corn.


        It's actually depressing how much of what products we import. Effectively our pay rates are so expensive and uncompetitive that it's cheaper to grow it, pack it, ship it half-way across the world, and then sell it, than sell our own produce.


          Hungary's per capita income is US$16k, compared to US$59k here. With differences so great there's a large pool of people to tap for a few dollars per hour.

          A relative of mine works here and in China, and sometimes laments how much people earn here and how uncompetitive Australia is. I asked her if she would be happy with a 50% or more pay cut so she can be 'competitive' too. Oh no, no way! Was her answer. We want everyone else to earn less…

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            @Cluster: Unfortunately there're only a few long-term options unless the trade war between the US and China spreads and we see a widespread reversal of globalization (and that would be even worse for most people, because we'll have same income levels but electronics and white goods will probably skyrocket in prices):

            1. Improvements in productivity by way of automation, etc - so that 1 person earning $60k here can do the job of 4 people earning $15k each overseas. Of course, this also means 1 person will be doing the job of 4 before, so we now have 3 unemployed people.

            2. Better quality - e.g. Australian oranges are so in demand we're now exporting them and importing Chinese ones for domestic consumption, but there's a limit to how "high quality" fresh produce can be, unless we get into novelty stuff like cube fruits like they have in Japan (which sell for hundreds of dollars (not yen, dollars) each.

            3. Give up on these industries and move into higher paying/higher educated industries like tech/sci/finc/other service industries - but this runs into the hard limit that regardless of education, the distribution of intelligence won't change and you'll need manual jobs for.. well, to put it bluntly, the dumber ones among us.


            @Cluster: @HighAndDry: There are two things we do well. Really well, on a world scale. Coal and iron ore, with education being a significant third. Those three categories represent almost 39% of our exports.


            @Cluster: @Cluster: I feel like we should really invest in iron smelting and steel production - since I think we export both coal and iron ore to China…. which they then use to do that exact same thing. We'd be able to retain (create?) a manufacturing base as well as keep more profits here, and lower our reliance on China.


      I got one of the vegetables bag from Aldi. My wife made lunches for this week with these vegetables, she had to throw them all because of this. Better safe than sorry.


        can return them for refund next time you shop, and draw skull & crossbones on them while it waits in your freezer in the meantime


      Do you cook / steam your veges like most people do? You'll be okay.

      If you are eating your frozen veges raw, you might get sick, then again, you might not.

      It's a very low risk for most of the population. The at risk groups are the very young, elderly, pregnant or immune compromised.

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      The pulled frozen products are imported. We always buy frozen Australian veg from Coles or Woolworths. Check the label. We haven't bought any frozen stuff from Aldi for a long time. Note NZ doesn't cut it - it's a back door for from China.

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      They should just mark them down and sell , it's still a bargain.


    There's nothing on Heinz is there?

    I typically get theirs.

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    Sunshine Sprouts — Alfalfa Sprouts


    This is an SA company, so likely only affects those in SA.

    White Alfalfa 125gm
    White Alfalfa 250gm
    White Alfalfa 1kg
    Green Alfalfa 125gm
    Alfalfa and Radish 125gm
    Alfalfa and Cabbage 125gm
    Alfalfa and Onion 125gm
    Alfalfa and Garlic 125gm
    Alfalfa and Mustard 125gm
    Alfalfa and Broccoli 125gm
    Gourmet Pak 100g
    All Alfalfa products: USE BY 09/SEPT/18, up to and including USE BY 16/09/2018

    News story

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    ABC news article about Strawberries sold in Woolworths found with sewing needles embedded inside

    Affected brands: Berry Licious and Berry Obsession purchased since the start of last week in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria to throw them out.

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      Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young has advised anyone who bought two brands of strawberries — Berry Licious and Berry Obsession — since the start of last week in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria to throw them out.

      Obviously Dr Young is not an OzBargain member.

      The correct, OzBargain advice, is from Woolies.

      "Customers are advised to return these products to their local Woolworths for a full refund," the spokesperson said.

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    04, November 2018 – Capitol Chilled Foods Australia (CCFA) is undertaking a recall of some Canberra Milk Full Cream fresh white milk products manufactured between Monday 22 October 2018 and Thursday 1 November 2018 at its Griffith dairy site in the Australian Capital Territory.

    The recall of the Canberra Milk Full Cream 1L, 500ml and 300ml products is being undertaken as a precautionary measure, following routine internal testing which showed a faulty seal on some of the black caps. The broken parts of those faulty caps may be found in the milk and may have the potential to be a choking hazard, if ingested.

    Full details


    Aldi recalls Colway Real Mayonnaise 466g

    Colway Real Mayonnaise - 466 g

    Affected batches: All batches
    ALDI takes product quality and safety seriously. ALDI wishes to advise all customers of a recall of the above product. The product has been available for sale in all ALDI stores.

    Problem: The recall is due to faulty packaging and potential for glass breakage.

    Food Safety Hazard: Faulty packaging could cause injury or result in glass

    What to do: Consumers should not consume this product. Customers should
    return the product to the place of purchase for a full cash refund. We apologise
    for any inconvenience.

  • +4 votes

    Bridgewater Poultry Eggs
    Woolworths 12 Cage Free Eggs 700g barcode 9300633636982
    Victorian Fresh Barn Laid Eggs 600g
    Victorian Fresh Barn Laid Eggs 700g
    Victorian Fresh Barn Laid Eggs 800g
    Loddon Valley Barn Laid 600g (This product in VIC and SA only).

    Best Before BB 20 MAR 19, 23 MAR 19, 27 MAR 19, 30 MAR 19, 3 APR 19, 6 APR 19, 10 APR 19, 14 APR 19, 17 APR 19, 20 APR 19, 24 APR 19, 27 APR 19, 29 APR19

    Bridgewater Poultry is conducting a recall of the above products. The products have been available for sale at Woolworths and independent stores in ACT, NSW, VIC, TAS and Coles in VIC and SA.

    Problem: The recall is due to potential microbial (Salmonella Enteriditis) contamination.

    Food safety hazard: Food products contaminated with Salmonella may cause illness if consumed.

    Country of origin: Australia

    What to do: Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice and should return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund. For further information please contact:

    Bridgewater Poultry
    03 54 373 100

    Related links:
    Recall notice - pdf (26kb)

    More information on Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) linked to eggs

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    Not the biggest concern unless you're allergic to milk but anyway

    RECALL⚠️: Ingham's Enterprises Pty Ltd is conducting a recall of Ingham's Turkey Breast Roast. The product has been available for sale at Woolworths stores in NSW, ACT, VIC, SA and NT from 19/03/2019.
    Ingham's Turkey Breast Roast, 1kg, cardboard box which is best before 01/10/2020, is being recalled is due to incorrect packaging (Turkey Thigh Roast was packaged incorrectly in Turkey Breast Roast packaging) which has resulted in the presence of an undeclared allergen – milk.

    Merged from PSA: Milk Recall - 1 Litre Coles, Pauls, REV and PhysiCAL Brands (VIC, Southern NSW)

    Worth checking your fridge if you've recently bought any of these brands - from the ABC News website this morning:

    Eight popular milk brands sold in supermarkets across Victoria and southern New South Wales are being recalled over fears a cleaning solution made its way into the batch.

    Dairy company Lactalis Australia announced the recall of one-litre Coles, Pauls, REV and PhysiCAL milks because they could have been contaminated by a food grade dairy cleaning solution.

    Food Standards Australia warned the milks could have a yellowish colour or a metallic chemical taste, or both.

    Shoppers who have bought the milk have been advised not to drink it and return it to the place of purchase for a refund.

    The milk was sold at Coles, Woolworths, IGA and independent supermarkets.

    In a statement, Coles said supermarkets in the NSW locations of Lavington, Deniliquin and Albury were among those supplied with the potentially contaminated milk.

    Food Standards Australia New Zealand said it was a food safety issue and anyone concerned about their health should seek medical advice.

    What's been recalled:
    Pauls Smarter White Milk, expiry dates June 25, 26 and 27
    Pauls Full Fat Cream Milk, expiry dates June 26 and 27
    Pauls PhysiCAL Skim, expiry date June 27
    Pauls PhysiCAL Low Fat, expiry date June 26
    Pauls Rev Low Fat, expiry date June 28
    Coles Lite Milk, expiry dates June 25 and 26
    Coles Skim Milk, expiry date June 25
    Coles Full Cream Milk, expiry dates June 25 and 26

    • +9 votes

      Thanks for sharing.

      As an aside, if we weren't aware, obviously the 'Coles' branded milk sold for $ is processed through the same factory as the 'Pauls' branded milk sold for $$$.

      • -3 votes

        Jee, that's an expensive Pee! Literally


        Maybe it's a way to get consumers to come to that conclusion without actually saying it.

        Screw over Pauls and push their own product with higher margins, all done without breaching any confidentiality agreements.

        Should televise the recall campaign on prime time TV.

        Whoever came up with the idea deserves a raise.


          Except that Coles has recently entered into agreements with dairy farmers for direct supply of milk, bypassing the processors, from 1 July.


        Haha good catch I forgot to put the two and two.

        Just reiterates my thought that the difference between home brand and some slightly more expensive brands is just how much lighter it makes your wallet feel.


      More and more product recalls. Time to move to a farm and live off the land.

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        More product recalls does not necessarily mean more faulty products.

        It just means more faults are detected.

        There was no recall in London when a burst sewage pipe contaminated a burst fresh water pipe.

        There's no one doing any testing to farmed goods for personal consumption either. Could be rife with contamination leeched from elsewhere.

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      No one at the factory noticed the milk was yellow…

  • +3 votes


    • Coles Full Cream Milk 1L Bottle (use by date: 25 and 26 June 2019)

    • Coles Low Fat Milk 1L Bottle (use by date: 25 and 26 June 2019)

    • Coles Skim Milk 1L Bottle (use by date: 25 June 2019)

    • Pauls Full Cream Milk 1L Bottle (use by date: 26 and 27 June 2019)

    • Pauls Smarter White Milk 1L Bottle (use by date: 25, 26 and 27 June 2019)

    • REV 1L Bottle (use by date: 28 June 2019)

    • PhysiCAL Low Fat 1L Bottle (use by date: 26 June 2019)

    • PhysiCAL Skim 1L Bottle (use by date: 27 June 2019)

    More info

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    Recalled Eggs (NSW) due to potential microbial (Salmonella enteritidis) contamination.

    The Egg Basket — Country Fresh Eggs Just Eggs 600g, Chefs Choice Free Range 700g and Chefs Choice Cage Free 800g

    Supplier - The Egg Basket
    Traders who sold this product: Flemington Markets in NSW

    Consumers should not eat these products and should return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund.

  • +2 votes

    Second milk recall - possible E.coli microbial contamination

    This is a separate recall from last week's recall:

    • 7-Eleven Lite Milk 2L bottle (use-by date: 2 July 2019)
    • Gippy Full Cream Milk 2L bottle (use-by date: 2 July 2019)
    • Gippy Lite Milk 2L bottle (use-by date: 2 July 2019)
    • Maxi Foods Lite Milk 2L bottle (use-by date: 2 July 2019)
    • Pauls Professional Cafe Crema Milk 2L bottle (use-by date: 2 July 2019)
    • Pauls Smarter White 2% Fat Milk 2L bottle (use-by date: 2 July 2019)
    • Rev Low Fat Milk 2L bottle (use-by date: 2 July 2019)
    • Rev Low Fat Milk 1L carton (use-by date: 2 July 2019)
    • Coles Brand Full Cream 2L bottle (use-by date of July)

    Consumers should return the products to where they bought them for a full refund and anyone with health concerns should seek medical attention.

    Merged from Milk recall with use by date of July 2

    Milk recall

    Apparently e.coli contamination. Please check for affected brands. Thanks.

  • +3 votes

    Because it gets mentioned so often (ok may not so often but rather occasionally):
    Core Powerfoods frozen meals recalled

    NSW health press release

    The recall includes eight varieties of CORE Powerfoods frozen meals, 310g or 350g - Going Nuts, Deep South Chilli, Muay Thai Meatballs, Holy Meatballs, Naked Chicken, Seismic Chicken, Old School, and Smokey Mountain Meatballs.

    The recall is for all these products with best before dates from 5 March 2020 to 4 October 2020.

    The products have been available for sale at; Independent retailers in NSW, ACT, QLD, VIC, SA, NT and WA; IGAs/Metcash stores nationally; Coles nationally and selected Woolworths metro stores in Victoria.

    NSW Health Enteric and Zoonotic Diseases Manager Keira Glasgow advised consumers not to consume the products, and either dispose of them in the garbage or return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund. Proof of purchase is not required for recalled products.


      You didn't highlight the key part:


      The recall is due to potential microbial (Salmonella Weltevreden) contamination.

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