Frozen vegetable recall expands to include 358 products


This expanded recall includes all of the frozen organic and non-organic fruit and vegetable products manufactured or processed in CRF Frozen Foods' Pasco, Washington, facility since May 1, 2014.

Eight people from three states - California, Washington and Maryland - became infected with strains of the listeria, according to the FDA, and their illnesses were linked to consumption of contaminated food produced by CRF Frozen Foods. All affected products have best by or sell by dates between April 26, 2016, and April 26, 2018.

The recall includes some 358 products sold under 42 brand names, including items like kale, potatoes, blueberries, strawberries, broccoli and various vegetable medleys, among others.

On Tuesday, Costco recalled frozen butternut squash and vegetable medley products from the same brand.

Listeria typically isn't fatal in healthy individuals, but it can be very risky for young children, the elderly, expectant mothers and people with weakened immune systems.

Of the eight known cases, six were discovered between 2013 and 2015.

Consumers should not eat the recalled products.

Consumers who purchased these products may return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund, or discard them.

The initial recall began on April 23, when CRF pulled 15 frozen vegetable products due to the possibility that they may have been contaminated. In pregnant women, the bacteria can cause miscarriages or stillbirths.

Frozen vegetables are a staple in many diets, so a huge recall of them has us peering at the packages in our freezers.

Michael Doyle, professor of food microbiology at the University of Georgia and director of the school's Center for Food Safety, says he thinks that "resident" listeria caused the outbreak. Listeria was discovered during a routine testing by health official in OH, while testing of frozen organic petite green peas.

One of the products included in the recall. For more information, you can call 844.551.5595 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m.