RECALL – Frozen Food Company Recalls Products Amidst Listeria Concerns, A Disease That Can Cause Stillbirth

An American frozen food company has announced a voluntary recall due to fears of their products containing listeria. The company conducting the recall is based in Washington state. CRF Frozen Foods announced their recall yesterday of fifteen of their frozen vegetable products. CRF Frozen Foods, in Pasco, Washington, packages and markets a wide variety of frozen vegetables and fruits, specializing in the Organic market, to a multitude of states across the country and to certain areas of Canada.

The possible listeria contamination was discovered via a routine inspection by state health officials in Ohio. Inspectors discovered the presence of listeria monocytogenes in organic petite green peas and white sweet cut corn.

Frozen Food Recall [Photo via AGC/Flickr]So what is listeria?

Listeria is a bacteria that can cause a rare bacterial disease called listeriosis. Listeriosis is a serious infection caused by eating food contaminated with the listeria bacteria. Listeriosis is most dangerous to pregnant women, newborns, adults with vulnerable immune systems, and the elderly.

According to the CDC, approximately 2o percent of those who contract listeriosis succumb to the disease. The two main clinical manifestations are sepsis and meningitis. In the short term, in healthy adults, listeria infections can cause severe headaches, nausea, high fevers, stiffness, diarrhea and abdominal pain. The primary worry about the infection is in pregnant women. If a pregnant woman were to contract listeriosis, the resulting infection can very often result in stillbirths and miscarriages.

Frozen Food Recall [Photo via erdquadrat/Flickr]The FDA warns that the items submitted for recall by CRF Frozen Foods were distributed to stores in several states, as well as various portions of Canada between September 15th, 2015 and March 16th, 2016. The list is as follows with the label, the size of package, the product and the UPC code.

True Goodness By Meijer 10 oz. Organic Petite Green Peas 713733430999
True Goodness By Meijer 10 oz. Organic White Sweet Corn 713733430982
Wellsley Farms Organic 4 lb. Organic Mixed Veg 888670010136
Wellsley Farms Organic 4 lb. Organic Green Peas 888670009970
Wellsley Farms Organic 4 lb. Organic Green Peas 888670009970
Organic By Nature – Canada 2.5 kg. Organic Green Peas 846358000619
Organic By Nature – Canada 2.5 kg. Organic Green Peas 846358000619
Organic By Nature – Canada 2.5 kg. Organic Green Peas 846358000619
Organic By Nature 4 lb. Organic Green Peas 846358000695
Organic By Nature 5 lb. Organic Green Peas 846358000633
Organic By Nature – Canada 2.5 kg. Organic Green Peas 846358000619
Organic By Nature 5 lb. Organic Veg Medley w/ Shelled Edamame 846358000657
Organic By Nature 4 lb. Organic White Supersweet Corn 846358000701
Organic By Nature 5 lb. Organic White Supersweet Corn 846358000640
Schwan’s 16 oz. Organic SS Yellow & White Cut Corn 007218060433

The FDA says that the recalled products were distributed to stores in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The products were also distributed to stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan in Canada.

The FDA says that the recall was conducted voluntarily by CRF Frozen Foods, and although no illnesses have yet occurred as a result of anyone eating their products, everyone is urged to either return any of the above items to the store where they purchased them for a full refund or to simply discard them. The FDA urges the public to not consume any of the items contained in the recall list. However, the FDA also says that the recall initiated by CRF Frozen Foods is wholly voluntary and that at the moment it is just a precautionary measure.

[Feature photo by Amber Strocel/Flickr]