Listeria leads to large recall of frozen fruits, veggies

Posted at 9:17 PM, May 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-03 22:17:01-04

CRF Frozen Foods is expanding a voluntary recall of frozen organic and non-organic fruits and vegetables because of possible health risks.

On Tuesday the company issued the recall in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because the products might be contaminated with listeria.

According to CRF, the CDC notified it that at least seven people from three states have become ill and were hospitalized due to listeria.

Some illnesses have been linked to consuming CRF-manufactured or processed products. Two of the people died, but listeria was not the cause of death in either person, CRF said in a statement.

The expanded recall of frozen vegetables includes all of the frozen organic and non-organic fruit and vegetable products manufactured or processed in CRF Frozen Foods' Pasco, Washington, facility since May 1, 2014.

All of the affected products have the best by dates or sell by dates between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018. These include about 358 consumer products sold under 42 different brands.

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 and for the UPC codes, click here.

CRF apologized for any concern or inconvenience the recall has caused their customers.

Consumers who purchased these products may return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund and are warned not to eat these products.

Questions can go to the company at 844-483-3866.

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