FDA:Contaminated Frozen Food Outbreak! Millions of Products Recalled Across America Due to Listeria!

A voluntary recall of all frozen produce is ongoing while the Food and Drug Administration is investigating the listeriosis outbreak that caused it. The vegetable offer can be unsafe, just as any other food offer!

Whenever a company announces a market withdrawal, a frozen vegetable recall, or a safety alert, the FDA posts the company’s announcement as a public service. The FDA does not endorse either the vegetable product (or any other product for that matter) or the company.

The CRF Frozen Foods’ company first announced their recall on April 22, and expanded it on May 2. It includes all frozen organic and traditional fruit and vegetable products manufactured or chemically-processed in CRF Frozen Foods’ facility in Pasco, Washington since May 1, 2014.

Kroger recalled Simple Truth Organic Frozen Mixed Vegetables on May 10, owing to the Listeria bacterium complaint. Customers are timely warned not to consume the 10-ounce vegetable product with sell-by dates of December 2016 and January 2017.

The FDA is not the only authority that is engaged in investigating this outbreak in frozen vegetable:
Namely, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the state and local officials are also looking into it. The CDC reported that from September 2013 through March 2016 there were 8 people who became infected with Listeria in California, Maryland and Washington who got it from frozen vegetables under various brand names produced right at the CRF facility in Pasco.

Read here below the CRF’s recall announcement:

“PASCO, Wash. – As a precaution, CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington is expanding its voluntary recall of frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables. We are performing this voluntary recall in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The organism can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

This expanded recall of frozen vegetables includes all of the frozen organic and traditional fruit and vegetable products manufactured or processed in CRF Frozen Foods’ Pasco facility since May 1, 2014. All affected products have the best by dates or sell by dates between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018.

These include approximately 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands, the details of which are listed below. Products include organic and non-organic broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, corn, edamame, green beans, Italian beans, kale, leeks, lima beans, onions, peas, pepper strips, potatoes, potato medley, root medley, spinach, sweet potatoes, various vegetable medleys, blends, and stir fry packages, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, peaches, raspberries, and strawberries. For a complete list of affected products, see below.

We apologize for any concern or inconvenience this expanded recall has caused our customers and consumers who enjoy our products. We are issuing this release to alert consumers not to eat these products. Consumers who purchased these products may return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund, or simply discard them. Consumers with questions may call the company’s consumer hotline at 844-483-3866, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

CRF had already suspended operations at its Pasco, Washington facility as of Monday morning, April 25, 2016 following the initial voluntary recall, so a thorough review could be conducted.

CDC has informed CRF Frozen Foods that the government has identified seven people from three states who became ill and were hospitalized due to Listeria. Some of these illnesses have been linked to consuming CRF-manufactured or processed products. CDC also informed us that, sadly, two of these individuals later died, but that Listeria was not the cause of death in either person.

All retailers who received the products have been contacted.

Products being recalled may have been purchased in all fifty U.S. states and the following Canadian Provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan.”

Anyone with questions about the CRF Frozen Foods recall is urged to call the consumer hotline at: (844) 483-3866 any time of the day.  Go here for a full list of the CRF’s recalled foods

And here below is the Pictsweet Company’s announcement of vegetable foods recalled:

“The Pictsweet Company is voluntarily recalling certain frozen vegetable products because they contain Green Beans or Green Peas recently recalled by CRF Frozen Foods, a Pictsweet ingredient supplier.

On May 5th CRF Frozen Foods informed Pictsweet they were initiating a recall on all lots of Green Beans and Green Peas supplied to Pictsweet due to the potential risk they may contain Listeria monocytogenes (Lm), an organism that is widespread in the environment. Lm can contaminate food and cause mild to severe illness to persons who consume food containing Lm. Persons at greatest risk are newborn infants, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems.

Further information about CRF’s recall can be found on the FDA website at: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm497297.htm.

The affected Pictsweet items were distributed nationwide through retail stores. Recalled products were all manufactured using Cut Green Beans or Green Peas. Products being recalled include “best if used by” dates in the table below and the letter “K” as the 5th digit of the manufacturing code. This information is printed on the back panel of each package. No other Pictsweet products are impacted by this recall.”

Indeed, sometimes frozen vegetables can bring about more health concerns than health benefits. So, growing your own vegetables is a much better choice than buying any frozen vegetable stuff. This especially goes for keen vegetable eaters (that is vegans), whose only source of protein are vegetables. And infected vegetables certainly are not a good source of protein and fiber needed for your optimal health! 

Our Endnote:  Vegetable freshness matters most for a healthy nutrition.