Recall: Listeriosis Linked to Frozen Vegetables

On April 23, 2016, CRF Frozen Foods recalled 11 frozen vegetable products because they may be contaminated with Listeria. On May 2, 2016, CRF Frozen Foods expanded the initial recall to include all organic and traditional frozen vegetable and fruit products processed in its Pasco, Washington facility since May 1, 2014. Recalled products have best by dates between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018. Approximately 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands were recalled. Products were sold nationwide and in Canada.

Advice to Consumers

We recommend that consumers not eat recalled frozen fruit and vegetables.

  • The recalled frozen vegetables were distributed nationwide and in Canada under many different brand names.
  • The recalled products were sold in plastic bags and the “Use By” date can be found on the back of the bag.
  • This advice is particularly important for people at higher risk for listeriosis:
    • Pregnant women
    • Adults older than 65
    • People with weakened immune systems

Follow these steps if recalled products are in your home:

  • Throw the recalled products away in a closed plastic bag placed in a sealed trash can. This will prevent people and animals from eating it.
  • Wash the refrigerator or freezer area and any other areas where the recalled products were stored with hot water and soap.
  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap after cleaning up.

What should you do if you ate recalled products?

  • If you have eaten recalled products and do not have any symptoms, most experts believe that tests or treatment are not needed, even for people at higher risk for listeriosis.
  • People who develop symptoms of listeriosis after eating possibly contaminated products should consider seeking medical care and telling a healthcare provider about eating that product. Although people can sometimes develop listeriosis up to 2 months after eating contaminated food, symptoms usually start within several days.

Advice to Restaurants and Retailers

Restaurants should not serve, and retailers should not sell, recalled frozen fruit and vegetables.

  • The recalled frozen fruit and vegetables were distributed nationwide and in Canada under various brand names.
  • The recalled products were sold in plastic bags and the "Use By" date can be found on the back of the bag.

Follow these steps if recalled products are in your establishment:

  • Throw the recalled products away in a closed plastic bag placed in a sealed trash can. This will prevent people and animals from eating it.
  • Wash the refrigerator or freezer area and any other areas where the recalled products were stored with hot water and soap.
  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap after cleaning up.

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References
SOURCE: CDC, May 3, 2016

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