Frozen food sold under the store brand names for Costco and Walmart products is being recalled over the risk of listeria contamination.
CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington is expanding its voluntary recall of frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables, the company announced this week.
The expanded recall of frozen vegetables includes all of the frozen organic and traditional fruit and vegetable products manufactured or processed in CRF Frozen Foods’ Pasco facility since May 1, 2014. All affected products have the best by dates or sell by dates between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018. The recall encompasses approximately 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands, including Kirkland Signature, sold at Costco, and Great Value, sold at Walmart.
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.
The recall comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention informed CRF that the government has identified seven people from three states who became ill and were hospitalized due to listeria. Some of the illnesses have been linked to consuming CRF-manufactured or processed products. Two of the individuals ultimately died, though not directly because of the listeria infection.
Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
The full list of products included in the recall can be found here.