CRF Frozen Foods Initiates Massive Recall of Frozen Vegetables; Cites Listeria Contamination Concerns
CRF Frozen Foods, a Pasco, Washington company, has announced a voluntary recall of fifteen different frozen vegetable items due to fears of Listeria contamination.
Routine testing by Ohio state health officials uncovered the Listeria contamination. Testing of one lot of Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) organic white sweet cut corn and IQF organic petite green peas both indicated the presence of the bacteria.
The recalled frozen vegetables were widely distributed, both to retailers and distribution centers. The distribution of effected items occurred between September 13, 2015 and March 16, 2016.
Product Effected Widely Distributed, Sold Under Many Brand Names
The CRF Frozen Food products were directly distributed to the following states, and also may have been redistributed in other states nationwide: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Missouri, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, Hew Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, among others.
In Canada, the recalled products were distributed to the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
Multiple brand names are subject to the recall: True Goodness by Meijer, Wellsley Farms Organic, Organic by Nature – Canada, Organic by Nature, and Schwan’s.
Risks and Symptoms of Listeria Infection
The CRF Frozen vegetables may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. an pathogen that has the potential to cause fatal infections. Particularly susceptible to serious cases of Listeria are young children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. The infection poses unique risks to pregnant women, who may experience miscarriages and stillbirths.
Healthy individuals also can contract the illness, but typically only experience short-term symptoms including nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, severe headaches, high fevers, and stiffness.
“No illnesses have been reported to date, but the company is recalling the products as a precaution,” the recall notice states.
Recalled items were packaged in plastic bags and are marked with Use By Dates located on the back of the package. The following items are subject to the recall:
- Brand: Schwan’s
- 16 oz. packages of “Organic SS Yellow & White Cut Corn,” UPC 007218060433, “Use By” date 2B5320
- Brand: Organic by Nature
- 4 lb. packages of Organic White Supersweet Corn,” UPC 846358000701, “Use By” date 11/19/2017
- 5 lb. packages of Organic White Supersweet Corn,” UPC 846358000640, “Use By” date 9/13/2017
- 5 lb. packages of Organic Vegetable Medley with Shelled Edamame, UPC 846358000657, “Use By” date 2/11/18
- 4 lb. packages of Organic Green Peas, UPC 846358000695, “Use By” date 10/25/2017
- 5 lb. packages of Organic Green Peas, UPC 846358000633, “Use By” date 2/15/2018
- Brand: Organic by Nature – Canada
- 2.5 kg packages of Organic Green Peas, UPC 846358000619, “Use By” date 10/22/2017
- 2.5 kg packages of Organic Green Peas, UPC 846358000619, “Use By” date 12/3/2017
- 2.5 kg packages of Organic Green Peas, UPC 846358000619, “Use By” date 3/16/2018
- Brand: True Goodness by Meijer
- 10 oz. packages of Organic Petite Green Peas, UPC 713733430999, “Use By” date 11/26/2017
- 10 oz. packages of Organic White Sweet Corn, UPC 713733430982, “Use By” date 11/21/2017
- Brand: Wellsley Farms Organic
- 4 lb. packages of Organic Mixed Vegetables, UPC 888670010136, “Use By” date 10/25/2017
- 4 lb. packages of Organic Green Peas, UPC 888670009970, “Use By” date 2/10/2017
- 4 lb. packages of Organic Green Peas, UPC 888670009970, “Use By” date 2/15/2018
Consumers seeking information may call 844.551.5595 Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time.