Published: Tue, May 10, 2016
Medical | By Garry George

Frozen vegetable and fruit recall expanded to 358 products

"We are performing this voluntary recall in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes", the company explained a media release issued through the FDA.

Pasco, Washington, company has expanded its recall of frozen vegetables linked to a listeria outbreak that has sickened eight people.

The potentially contaminated items have best-by or sell-by dates between April 26, 2016, and April 26, 2018, and they may have been sold to four Canadian provinces and all 50 U.S. states. The 358 products were sold under 42 separate brands, including store brands sold at Trader Joe's, Walmart, Sam's Club, Safeway, Costco and others.

A frozen food recall triggered by a listeria scare is even more widespread than originally thought. We are issuing this release to alert consumers not to eat these products. It basically affects people with immune system including pregnant women, elderly and infants. The outbreak made 33 people sick and killed four between May 2015 and February 2016.

The FDA said that more than 350 products that are sold under over 40 brands have been recalled over listeria concerns.

If you have any of the packages recalled, you can throw them out or take them back to the store for a refund. Since May 1, 2014, any frozen or conventional fruits and vegetables that are processed in the Pasco, WA facility is recalled, the Chicago Tribune reports.

State health officials discovered Listeria during routine testing in OH, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, according to the CDC. The department found Listeria in frozen organic white sweet cut corn and petite green peas, both from the brand True Goodness by Meijer, which is produced by CRF Frozen Foods.

The products being recalled may have been purchased in all 50 USA states. Check here for a full list of the brands and items that are part of this recall.

The CDC called the frozen vegetable case "complicated" and said the investigation is ongoing.

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