Food Safety

What You Need to Know About the Most Recent Listeria Outbreak

May 23, 2016

Millions of packages of frozen foods, including fruits and vegetables, distributed to all 50 U.S. states, Canada, and Mexico have been recalled due to an outbreak of the life-threatening illness listeria, the Associated Press reports.

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One of the largest food recalls in recent history, it involves over 400 products, both organic and conventional, from the processing plant CRF Frozen Foods in Pasco, Washington, which are sold under more than 40 different brand names like Earth’s Pride, Wild Oats, Panda Express, Signature Kitchens, and True Value. These products were packaged for sale as individual items and were also repackaged by companies like Piggly Wiggly, Kroger, and ConAgra as ingredients in packages sold at stores such as Trader Joe's and Costco, thus "trickling down" into other items.

While the initial recall, started on April 23 according to the Times, covered 11 frozen vegetable products, CRF expanded it to include all of its frozen produce manufactured or processed at the plant since May 2, 2014.

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All of the affected products have a "best by" or "sell by" date between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018, but a spokeswoman for the CDC told the Times that federal officials are concerned that shoppers will not examine these dates as closely as they might for fresh products because frozen goods have a long shelf-life.

Check the full list of recalled products here and get informed about listeria in general.

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Janet A. May 23, 2016
I don't understand the fuss. Cook your veggies and it'll kill any listeria that may be in the food.
Mary L. May 23, 2016
I had T.J's green beans and broccoli florets in the freezer. So glad you posted this.
The N. May 23, 2016
We should also keep apprised of the Listeria outbreak in sunflower products, which appears to be a separate issue that is unfortunately growing in scope.
Amanda S. May 23, 2016
I had a pack of TJs frozen corn that may have been contaminated - tossed it, despite already having eaten half with no side effects. Better safe than sorry. This makes me even more anxious for the farmers markets! (Chicago's don't start until June)
Michael H. May 23, 2016
Yikes! Frozen peas are a staple in our house. Definitely going through the freezer when I get home today.