Listeria Outbreak Alert On Organic, Non-organic, Frozen Fruits & Vegetables
CRF Frozen Foods of Washington has voluntarily recalled some of its frozen fruits and vegetable products sold in 50 states across the country for fear of Listeria contamination.Advertisement
Listeria is an organism that causes serious health conditions to young and old and those with compromised immune systems. In worst cases, it could lead to death.
According to a report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the maker of the leading frozen food products in the country extended its recall order, which covers over 40 frozen fruits and vegetable products.
In a statement coursed through the FDA, the company said the recall covers frozen organic and traditional food products manufactured in the firm’s Pasco plant since May 1, 2014. The same recall covers products with Best Before dates of April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018, covering 358 different consumer products and 42 brands. For the complete list of the recalled products, click here.
“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,” the company wrote in the recall order.
As of posting, the FDA, in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has already identified seven individuals across the country who have been affected by Listeria. Two of them died due to complications.
While CDC and FDA have identified deaths that may have links to Listeria infection, CRF Frozen Foods maintained that the casualties did not die of Listeria per se. Meanwhile, to pave way for the ongoing investigation of the possible Listeria contamination, the company has temporarily shut down its operation in its Pasco, Washington production facility pending the result of the investigation.