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UPDATED CONTENT: National Frozen Foods Corp. responded late Friday evening to requests for comment from Food Safety News, providing a recall notice for frozen peas and mixed vegetables it packages under 13 brands. The recall came after company testing “revealed that the finished products may potentially be contaminated” with Listeria monocytogenes.

The company also confirmed that bulk shipments of the frozen products have been recalled from food companies in the U.S., Canada and Japan. To read the entire NFF statement, click here. The specific recalled products identified in the NFF statement can be found at the end of this article and include WalMart’s Great Value brand, Target’s Market Pantry, Schwan’s LiveSmart, Sprouts Farmers Market, Smart&Final’s First Street, and Reinhart Foodservice’s brand Bountiful Harvest.

Original Content: At least four food companies are recalling fresh and frozen foods because they contain frozen peas from Seattle’s National Frozen Foods Corp. that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

National-Frozen-Foods-frozen-peas-productionIn addition to the company recalls, KGET-TV Channel 17 in Bakersfield, CA, is reporting the California Kern County Aging and Adult Services office is warning operators of senior nutrition centers and recipients of Meals-on-Wheels services about recalled frozen peas from an unnamed supplier that could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The frozen pea recalls — posted yesterday and today — appear to be unrelated to the massive recall by CRF Frozen Foods LLC in Pasco, WA, which has recalled hundreds of products in connection with a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak. That recall has caused a rash of secondary recalls by companies that use CRF products in their own products.

As of tonight, no illnesses had been confirmed in relation to the recalled products that contain frozen peas from National Frozen Foods Corp.

National Frozen Foods had not posted any recall information on its website as of 9 p.m. EDT on June 17. The Food and Drug Administration also did not yet have a recall notice from National Frozen Foods because the agency does not post such notices until recalling firms first publish notices elsewhere, according to an FDA spokeswomen.

 recalled-CandW-Birds-Eye-early-petite peasPinnacle Foods Inc. of Parsippany, NJ, published a recall notice this afternoon on a public relations news site for nationally distributed C&W brand frozen peas. The FDA had not yet picked up that notice tonight. Details from the Pinnacle Foods recall include:

  • C&W Early Harvest Petite Peas and C&W Petite Peas — both distributed nationwide to retailers and sold nationwide online. Retailers that carry C&W brand froze vegetables include Walmart and Hy-Vee.

  • C&W Early Harvest Petite Peas
    are sold in 16-ounce bags. The recalled bags have a UPC number of 0-70332-00159-4. Best-by dates for the  recalled Early Harvest Petite Peas were not included in the recall notice.
  • C&W Petite Peas are also sold in 16-ounce bags. They have the UPC number 0-70332-00158-7 and have best-by dates of: Mar-07-18; Mar-23-18; Mar-17-18; Mar-28-18; Mar-28-18; Mar-29-18; and Mar-29-18.

Recall notices involving the frozen peas from National Frozen Foods posted on the FDA’s recall website as of this evening were:

recalled-mac-salad-with-recalled-peasZupan’s Macaroni Salad With Cheddar Cheese, produced by Duck Delivery Produce Inc. of Sumner, WA — distributed to four Zupan’s Markets in Portland and Lake Oswego, OR, between April 9 and June 14.

  • Zupan’s Macaroni Cheddar Cheese Salad is a fresh, refrigerated product, was sent to retailers packaged in 5-pound plastic bags with the label listed item #23070 and the UPC number 8 87241 80712 0.
    The product was sold both in Zupan’s Markets service deli salad case, sized to order, and in prepacked round plastic containers in 8- 12- and 16-ounce sizes in retailers Grab & Go areas. Scale label on bottom of the prepacked containers say: Macaroni Salad with Cheddar Cheese and have the code 394.

recalled-Hello-Fresh-recalled peasFrozen peas in meal kits from HelloFresh of New York City — delivered to consumers in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

Specific meal kits that included the recalled frozen peas are:

  • Summer Vegetable Salad with Seared Chicken, Garlic Croutons, and Mustard-Chive Vinaigrette delivered June 11-15;
  • Lemony Pan-Seared Chicken with Pesto Potato Salad and Peas delivered March 12-18;
  • Seared Steak with Spring Veggie Succotash and Mint-Chive Pesto delivered March 19-25; and
  • Nir’s Lamb-Stuffed Zucchini with Spiced Lentil Stew delivered March 19-25.

logo-Globespun-GourmetGlobespun Gourmet wraps from Essential Foods Inc. of Seattle — distributed in Washington and Oregon to grocery outlets and corporate cafeterias. “The production of the product has been suspended while FDA and our supplier work to resolve the source of the issue,” according to the recall notice.

recalled-Globespun-Gourmet-India-wrapsThe recalled 8-ounce wraps are plastic wrapped and ready to eat with date stamps of 06 17, 06 20 and 06 24 on the bottom of each wrap. Specific varieties of wraps subject to the recall are:

  • Globespun Gourmet Thai UPC#3232800405;
  • Globespun Gourmet Coconut Curry UPC#3232800210;
  • Globespun Gourmet Tandoori-flavors of India UPC#3232800211; and
  • Globespun Gourmet Dolma La- Tibetan potato UPC#3232800503.

Public health officials advise anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products — or eaten meals at Kern County California Senior Nutrition Centers of from the county’s Meals-on-Wheels program that included peas — and developed symptoms of Listeria infection to immediately seek medical attention.

Food contaminated with Listeria does not look or smell bad. It can take up to 70 days for symptoms of listeriosis infection to develop, but people usually become ill within a few days after being exposed to the bacteria.

Listeria monocytogenes is a microscopic pathogen that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, 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 cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

If you believe you have or had any of the recalled products in your home, public health officials recommend the following steps to avoid cross contamination:

  • Throw the recalled products away in a closed plastic bag placed in a sealed trash can. This will prevent people and animals from eating it.
  • Wash the refrigerator or freezer area and any other areas where the recalled products were stored with hot water and soap.
  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap after cleaning up.

National Frozen Foods Corp. recall list:

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Net Wt.

ITEM # / UPC

LOT INFORMATION / CODE PRINTED ON PACKAGING

Bountiful Harvest Green Peas

40 oz.

22486 11904

6E11B1N

Bountiful Harvest Green Peas

40 oz.

22486 11904

6E11C1N

Bountiful Harvest Green Peas

40 oz.

22486 11904

6E11D1N

Bountiful Harvest Green Peas

40 oz.

22486 11904

6E11E1N

First Street Green Peas

12 oz.

41512 12134

BEST BY OCT 28 17

First Street Green Peas

40 oz.

41512 08202

BEST BY JUN 02 17

First Street Green Peas 40 oz. 41512 08202 BEST BY NOV 11 17

Great Value Mixed Vegetables

12 oz.

78742 05334

BEST IF USED BY 07 06 17

Great Value Mixed Vegetables

12 oz.

78742 05334

BEST IF USED BY 07 20 17

Great Value Mixed Vegetables

12 oz.

78742 05334

BEST IF USED BY 07 27 17

Great Value Mixed Vegetables

12 oz.

78742 05334

BEST IF USED BY 10 25 17

Great Value Mixed Vegetables

12 oz.

78742 05334

BEST IF USED BY 10 26 17

Great Value Mixed Vegetables

26 oz.

78742 10907

BEST IF USED BY 07 18 17

Great Value Mixed Vegetables

26 oz.

78742 10907

BEST IF USED BY 10 07 17

Great Value Mixed Vegetables

26 oz.

78742 10907

BEST IF USED BY 10 26 17

Great Value Mixed Vegetables

26 oz.

78742 10907

BEST IF USED BY 11 03 17

Great Value Mixed Vegetables

26 oz.

78742 10907

BEST IF USED BY 11 11 17

Great Value Mixed Vegetables

26 oz.

78742 10907

BEST IF USED BY 11 10 17

Great Value Steamable Mixed Vegetables

12 oz.

78742 08026

BEST IF USED BY 10 09 17

Great Value Sweet Peas

12 oz.

78742 05336

BEST BY 03 02 17

Great Value Sweet Peas

12 oz.

78742 05336

BEST IF USED BY 08 06 17

Great Value Sweet Peas

12 oz.

78742 05336

BEST IF USED BY 10 14 17

Great Value Sweet Peas

12 oz.

78742 05336

BEST IF USED BY 10 21 17

Great Value Sweet Peas

12 oz.

78742 05336

BEST IF USED BY 10 20 17

Great Value Sweet Peas

12 oz.

78742 05336

BEST IF USED BY 11 02 17

Great Value Sweet Peas

12 oz.

78742 05336

BEST IF USED BY 11 03 17

Great Value Sweet Peas

12 oz.

78742 05336

BEST IF USED BY 11 04 17

Great Value Sweet Peas

26 oz.

78742 10912

BEST IF USED BY 10 14 17

Great Value Sweet Peas

26 oz.

78742 10912

BEST IF USED BY 11 04 17

Great Value Sweet Peas

26 oz.

78742 10912

BEST IF USED BY 11 15 17

Live Smart Mixed Vegetables

32 oz.

603539

NY6076C3N

Live Smart Mixed Vegetables

32 oz.

603539

NY6076D3N

Live Smart Mixed Vegetables

32 oz.

603539

NY6076E3N

Live Smart Mixed Vegetables

32 oz.

603539

NY6076F3N

Live Smart Mixed Vegetables

32 oz.

603539

NY6076G3N

Live Smart Mixed Vegetables

32 oz.

603539

NY6076H3N

Live Smart Mixed Vegetables

32 oz.

603539

NY6076J3N

Live Smart Mixed Vegetables 32 oz. 603539 NY6076K3N

Live Smart Mixed Vegetables

32 oz.

603539

NY6076L3N

Market Pantry Mixed Vegetables

32 oz.

85239 00547

Best by 03 AUG2017

Market Pantry Mixed Vegetables

32 oz.

85239 00547

Best by 04 AUG2017

Market Pantry Steam‐In‐Bag Mixed Vegetables

12 oz.

85239 00494

Best by 12 MAR2017

Market Pantry Sweet Peas

32 oz.

85239 00549

Best by 04 JUL2017

Market Pantry Sweet Peas

32 oz.

85239 00549

Best by 17 SEP2017

Sprouts Farmers Market Mixed Vegetables

16 oz.

74875 00983

USE BY 08 02 18 6B08G3N

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