Recently there was a Listeriosis outbreak linked to several brands of frozen vegetables. Listeria bacteria can cause serious, life-threatening illness and causes harm to fetuses in utero. Pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals are at special risk for serious complications due to Listeria poisoning.
Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence available at this time indicates that frozen vegetables produced by CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington and sold under various brand names are one likely source of illness in the latest outbreak. Investigations are ongoing to determine if food sources used to manufacture CRF Frozen Foods products could explain some of the illnesses.
Timeline of events:
- On April 23, 2016, CRF Frozen Foods recalled 11 frozen vegetable products because they may be contaminated with Listeria.
- On May 2, 2016, CRF Frozen Foods expanded the initial recall to include all organic and traditional frozen vegetable and fruit products processed in its Pasco, Washington facility since May 1, 2014. Approximately 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands were recalled.
CDC recommends that consumers do not eat, and restaurants and retailers do not serve or sell, recalled organic and traditional frozen vegetables and fruit products. Recalled items were sold nationwide and in Canada. Here is a list of recalled products.
Listeria is killed by cooking at a high temperature. Thoroughly cooking product to 165ºF/74ºC will kill the bacteria. However, for fruits and vegetables consumed raw, it is important to thoroughly wash produce before consuming. Plain water is good for removing dirt and loose debris from produce, but for reducing contaminants and controlling bacteria, as well as extending the shelf life of food, we recommend CitroBio Fresh Food Wash. CitroBio Fresh Food Wash does not alter the taste, appearance, or smell of food. To learn more, click here.