The recent recall of frozen vegetables made by CRF Frozen Foods, LLC has expanded to include frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables. Consumers should note that the recalled products may have been sold in all fifty US states and select provinces in Canada: British Colombia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), CRF Frozen Foods, LLC is working in conjunction with the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to recall the potentially contaminated items. The items are said to be possibly contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. An infection with L. monocytogenes can be serious and sometimes fatal in the elderly, young children, and those with weakened immune systems and can sometimes spread outside of the gastrointestinal tract.
The recall includes frozen fruit and vegetable products that were manufactured or processed at CRF’s facility in Pasco, Washington, since May 1, 2014. As of Monday, April 25, 2016, the facility had suspended operations and were conducting reviews.
A total of seven people in three states have become ill and hospitalized from Listeria. The FDA reports that some of the illnesses are related to the CRF Frozen Foods’ outbreak. Two of the seven individuals have died, however, the CDC has reported that the Listeria infection was not the cause of death.
The “best by” or “sell by” dates listed on the packages are between April 26, 2016 and April 28, 2016. A complete list of recalled products is available on the FDA website: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm498841.htm.
CRF Frozen Foods, LLC is advising consumers who have purchased the products to return them to the store or discard them. Any consumers who may have questions are advised to call the company's consumer hotline at 844-483-3866, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.