Frozen Vegetable Recall In CA: Serious, Sometimes Fatal Contamination Risk Cited

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Frozen Vegetable Recall In CA: Serious, Sometimes Fatal Contamination Risk Cited

Some brands of frozen vegetables have been recalled from stores in California and elsewhere because of a serious, sometimes fatal contamination risk.

CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington is voluntarily recalling 15 frozen vegetable items that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The organism is also a risk for 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 also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, according to the FDA.

No illnesses have been reported to date, but the company is recalling the products as a precaution. The Listeria was discovered through routine testing by state health officials in Ohio, the FDA said in a release.

Listeria monocytogenes was found to be present in one lot of Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) organic petite green peas and one lot of IQF organic white sweet cut corn.

Recalled items were sold in plastic bags and are marked with “Use By Dates” located on the back of the package. Listed below are details regarding the recalled items, including their UPC codes and “use-by” dates:

  • True Goodness By Meijer, 10 oz., Organic Petite Green Peas, 713733430999, 11/26/2017
  • True Goodness By Meijer, 10 oz., Organic White Sweet Corn, 713733430982, 11/21/2017
  • Wellsley Farms Organic 4 lb., Organic Mixed Vegetables, 888670010136, 10/25/2017
  • Wellsley Farms Organic, 4 lb., Organic Green Peas, 88867000997, 02/10/2017
  • Wellsley Farms Organic, 4 lb., Organic Green Peas, 88867000997, 02/15/2018
  • Organic By Nature – Canada, 2.5 kg., Organic Green Peas, 846358000619, 10/22/2017
  • Organic By Nature – Canada, 42.5 kg., Organic Green Peas, 846358000619, 12/3/2017
  • Organic By Nature – Canada, 2.5 kg., Organic Green Peas, 846358000619, 3/16/2018
  • Organic By Nature, 4 lb., Organic Green Peas, 846358000695, 10/25/2017
  • Organic By Nature, 5 lb., Organic Green Peas, 846358000633, 2/15/2018
  • Organic By Nature – Canada, 2.5 kg., Organic Green Peas, 846358000619, 3/16/2018
  • Organic By Nature, 5 lb., Organic Veg Medley w/ Shelled Edamame, 846358000657, 2/11/2018
  • Organic By Nature, 4 lb., Organic White Supersweet Corn, 846358000701, 11/19/2017
  • Organic By Nature, 5 lb., Organic White Supersweet Corn, 846358000640, 9/13/2017
  • Schwan’s, 16 oz., Organic SS Yellow & White Cut Corn, 0072180604332B5320

The FDA says the agency knows the recalled frozen vegetables were distributed to retailers and distribution centers between Sept. 13, 2015 and March 16 of this year in the following states, and may be redistributed in other states nationwide: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, LA, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, and in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan of Canada.

Consumers are urged not to consume these products. Consumers who purchased these products may take them back to the store where they purchased them for a refund or simply discard them.

Consumers seeking information may call 844-551-5595 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, the FDA says.