Listeria Contamination Causes Frozen Food Recall
CRF Foods, a company that provides most of the country’s frozen fruits and vegetables, announced earlier this week that there has been a contamination of listeria in 358 of their frozen food products, all of which are now being recalled in 50 states and some Canadian provinces. The outbreak was said to occurred at one of CRF’s production facilities in Pasco, Washington.
The 358 products and question were sold under 42 different name brands and are sold at many stores including Costco, Trader Joe’s, and Walmart.
Listeria is a contaminant often found in raw food products. Those most at risk if exposed are pregnant women, children, the elderly, and other individuals with compromised immune systems.
In this particular outbreak, Trader Joe’s seems to have been hit the hardest, with the most contaminated foods coming from their stores. The FDA believes that at least 8 people have fallen ill from the outbreak.
Any of the following products that have the Lot “BF” printed on the package should be disposed of immediately:
Trader Joe’s Organic Peas (SKU/Barcode 00496636)
Trader Joe’s Petite Peas (SKU/Barcode 00122689)
Trader Joe’s Organic Whole Green Beans (SKU/Barcode 00169219)
Trader Joe’s Broccoli Florettes (SKU/Barcode 00542784)
Trader Joe’s Organic Foursome (SKU/Barcode 00908672)
Frozen foods from stores like Walmart, Costco, and Safeway may be contaminated as well. Some of the brands that may have been compromised are Panda Express and Organic By Nature. All compromised foods will have a “Best Buy” date between April 2016 and April 2018.
For a complete list of the affected foods, check out the FDA website.