Published: Thu, May 05, 2016
Medical | By Garry George

CRF Frozen Foods Products Recalled After Reports of Listeria Outbreak

CRF Frozen Foods Products Recalled After Reports of Listeria Outbreak

In an announcement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that the Washington-based company made the decision to expand the recall of its frozen vegetables on Monday. The recall included 358 products under 42 separate brands, including products sold at major retailers in Chicago such as Costco, Walmart, Jewel-Osco and Trader Joe's. The company announced that only the products that were processed at its Pasco, Wash., plant starting May the 1st, 2014, were recalled.

"We apologize for any concern or inconvenience this expanded recall has caused our customers and consumers who enjoy our products", the news release said.

Consumers are advised to return the recalled items for a refund or throw them away. CRF suspended operations at its Pasco facility on April the 25th, 2016, following the initial voluntary recall.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Eight people from three states - California, Washington and Maryland - became infected with strains of the listeria, according to the FDA, and their illnesses were linked to consumption of contaminated food produced by CRF Frozen Foods.

In pregnant women, Listeria can lead to miscarriage and stillbirth.

Symptoms include fever, muscle aches and diarrhea.

"We are issuing this release to alert consumers not to eat these products", CRF Frozen Foods said in the news release.

CRF Frozen Foods asked concerned consumers to call the company hotline at 844-483-3866.



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