CRF Frozen Foods has expanded its recall of frozen fruits and vegetables and has suspended operations at its facility.
What Does the Recall Cover?
The recall spans both organic and conventionally produced produce, 358 consumer products, and 42 separate brands. The affected products were manufactured or processed at the CRF Frozen Foods facility in Pasco, Washington with best by or sell by dates between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018.
What’s the Food Ingredient Safety Issue?
Since September 13, 2013, the CDC and the FDA have identified 8 people across three states that were hospitalized due to Listeria. Two of these people later died, but Listeria was not the cause of death. CRF Foods has been identified as a likely source of the outbreak and they have suspended operations at the facility.
What is Listeriosis?
Listeriosis is a rare but serious infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Common symptoms in healthy adults include high fever, severe headache, muscle aches, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. The disease is especially serious, and sometimes fatal, in people with weakened immune systems, the elderly, young children, and pregnant women. Pregnant women can experience fetal loss or illness or death in their newborns.
Consumers are advised not to eat the products covered in the recall and can return the food to the retailer for a refund.