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CRF Frozen Foods expands recall of frozen fruits and vegetable products

FBR Staff Writer Published 03 May 2016

Washington-based CRF Frozen Foods has expanded its recall of frozen organic and traditional fruits, and vegetables due to listeria contamination.

The company is undertaking the voluntary recall in association with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The expanded recall includes all the frozen organic and traditional fruit, and vegetable products manufactured or processed in CRF Frozen Foods' Pasco facility since 1 May 2014.

The affected products carry 'best by' or 'sell by' dates between 26 April 2016 and 26 April 2018. The recalled list includes around 358 products marketed under 42 different brands.

The 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.

CRF has already stopped operations at the Paso facility from 25 April 2016 to conduct a thorough review of the plant.

The company said that the government has identified seven cases of listeria from three states. Some of the hospitalised people were linked to consumption of CRF- manufactured or processed products.

CDC also updated that two of the affected people had died; however, listeria was not found to be the cause of death in both persons.
Last week, the company had issued a voluntary recall of 15 frozen vegetable items, which are suspected to have been contaminated with Listeria.

The presence of listeria was discovered during a routine testing by state health officials in Ohio.

The organism was found in one lot of Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) organic petite green peas and one lot of IQF organic white sweet cut corn.