What You Need to Know About the Frozen Foods Recall

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A large recall of frozen produce that may be contaminated with Listeria has many consumers wondering if they should be worried. So far eight people in three states have become sick, and officials believe that the problem originated at a certain frozen foods plant. Here’s what you need to know.

Which products are affected? The recalled foods all come from CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington. That particular plant blanches, freezes, and packages produce for a wide range of retailers and brands all over the country, like Trader Joe’s, Safeway and Columbia River Organics. All told, the recall affects over 350 different products sold under 42 brand names, including items like organic broccoli, stir-fry medleys and berries. All of the products have a sell-by or best-by date between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018. CRF Frozen Foods’ press release on the recall has the exact list of all 358 products that may be contaminated.

What should I do if I bought one of the items affected? Don’t eat it. Either throw it away or return it to the store where you bought it for a refund.

Is Listeria a big deal? Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can be deadly, especially in older people or those with weakened immune systems. In pregnant women, it can cause miscarriage or stillbirth.

How did this happen? Officials are not yet sure exactly how the listeria outbreak began, but the bacteria differs from others in that it can survive in cold temperatures, though heat does kill it. (Last year, Blue Bell Creamery had to issue a recall for ice cream contaminated with Listeria.) The bacteria is hardy and can live on processing plant equipment and contaminate everything that comes in contact with it. So one hypothetical scenario is that the produce was contaminated by contact with the bacteria after blanching and before packaging. From there, the contaminated food made its way to all 50 states and Canada.

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COMMENTS

  1. General Mills Recalls Flour Due to E. coli Outbreak | Cooking Light

    […] What You Need to Know About the Frozen Foods Recall […]

    June 1, 2016 at 2:58 pm
  2. marycahn@aol.com

    HOW ABOUT YOUR FROZEN CHICKEN BREASTS? 0003 3466? MY HUSBAND RECENTLY HAD A VALVE REPLACEMENT AS A RESULT OF A BACTERIAL INFECTION WHICH INFECTED HIS NEW ARTIFICIAL VALVE AND I AM CONCERNED FOR THE SAFETY OF YOUR FROZEN PRODUCTS AFTER READING ABOUT THE RECALLS

    May 11, 2016 at 3:14 pm
  3. Sarah DiGregorio

    Hi Bobbi– You’re right, you could conceivably cook Listeria-contaminated food to kill the bacteria. (You’d need to cook it to about 160 degrees.) But experts do not recommend that because it’s not foolproof. It’s better not to risk it.

    May 10, 2016 at 10:20 pm
  4. Bobbi Roland

    If the bacteria is killed by heat why is not OK to eat when cooked.

    May 10, 2016 at 10:10 pm
  5. Trader Joe’s Expands Food Recalls Over Possible Listeria Concerns | Cooking Light

    […] company has been part of a recall of over 350 products, including frozen and prepared foods, and that list seems to continue growing. So far, eight […]

    May 10, 2016 at 11:15 am

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