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CDC closes investigation; warns of ongoing Listeria threat

The investigation into a Listeriosis outbreak traced to frozen vegetables from CRF Frozen Foods Inc. has ended — but federal officials warn more people could still be stricken by the potentially deadly Listeria monocytogenes pathogen. “People could continue to get sick because recalled products may still be freezers and people who don’t know about the… Continue Reading

CRF frozen veg plant looks to reopen; Listeria cause unknown

Federal officials haven’t updated their reports on the Listeria outbreak related to the CRF Frozen Foods Inc. production plant in Pasco, WA, or revealed the root cause of contamination in the facility, but newspapers in the area are reporting the operation may soon reopen. The reports are good news for more than 300 employees, some… Continue Reading

GenomeTrakr is FDA’s version of Hoover’s fingerprint file

Editor’s note: This article was originally posted on FDA’s Consumer Updates page. A person commits a crime, and the detective uses DNA evidence collected from the crime scene to track the criminal down. An outbreak of foodborne illness makes people sick, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses DNA evidence to track down… Continue Reading

Companies provide additional details on recalls of frozen peas

Two corporations have updated and added to public information about frozen vegetables that have been recalled in the U.S. and Canada because of possible Listeria contamination. The J.R. Simplot Co. shared supply chain information regarding its recall of frozen peas and National Frozen Foods Corp. updated label traceability information on its recall notices for frozen… Continue Reading

Frozen veg recall ripples through supply chain to J.R. Simplot, Dutch Treat Foods

Dutch Treat Foods Inc. issued a recall Tuesday for more than 3,000 pounds of Sweet Pea Pasta Salad because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, saying its supplier recalled one of the salad ingredients. The supplier, J.R. Simplot Co. notified its customers June 14 it was recalling bulk-shipped frozen peas and mixed vegetables after its… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Producer, others recall frozen vegetables for Listeria

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… Continue Reading

Firm had documented violations for years but was not closed

The frozen food firm linked to an ongoing Listeria outbreak is a supplier for the federal school lunch program and had been operating with food safety violations since at least December 2014 — as documented by state and federal agencies. Operations continued at CRF Frozen Foods despite the violations. The company is subject to inspection… Continue Reading

Problems found at frozen veg plant linked to outbreak

Damaged equipment at a frozen food plant — described by federal inspectors as being impossible to clean — could be a contributing factor in a Listeriosis outbreak that began in 2013 and is ongoing. Staff from the Food and Drug Administration inspected the CRF Frozen Foods LLC plant in Pasco, WA, from March 14-17, according… Continue Reading

Secondary recalls over those Listeria contaminated veggies are piling up

The expected “secondary” recalls from the Listeria outbreak identified in March, and which may date as far back as 2013, are piling up. In March, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta connected reports on eight people from California, Maryland, and Washington who shared Listeria infections that could be linked to… Continue Reading

Pita Pal recalls salads with corn linked to Listeria outbreak

Ripples of recalls continue to come from food manufacturers and retailers for products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes from frozen vegetables and fruits that have been linked to an outbreak that started in 2013 and is ongoing. Late Thursday Pita Pal Foods LP of Houston recalled several fresh vegetable salads and corn relish… Continue Reading