Following a big, nationwide recall of frozen vegetables last month, more products have been recalled due to fears they are contaminated with potentially deadly Listeria.

Metcash – an Australian company that distributes consumer goods such as groceries, fresh produce, alcoholic drinks and hardware – has recalled one-kilogram packets of Black & Gold mixed vegetables from IGA, Campbells and Independent Grocers in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania. All use-by dates are affected.

Listeria hit Australian headlines earlier this year when an outbreak responsible for several deaths was connected to a rockmelon grower in New South Wales’s Riverina region. At the time NSW Health’s communicable diseases director Dr Vicky Sheppeard said in a statement that Listeria doesn’t cause illness in most people but can be extremely harmful to those in high-risk groups.

“The elderly, pregnant or those with underlying health conditions, which lead to a weakened immune system, form part of this group,” Sheppeard said. “Infection during pregnancy, for example, can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth or infection of the newborn.”

Listeria begins with flu-like symptoms – fever, muscle aches and occasionally nausea and diarrhoea – which can take a few weeks to appear.

Consumers are being warned not to eat the product and to either throw it out or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

For more information contact Metcash Consumer Support on 1300 135 690.