Fifteen frozen organic vegetable products distributed to retailers in at least 35 states and four Canadian provinces are under voluntary recall because of potential contamination with listeria monocytogenes. logo-CRF-Frozen-Foods CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, WA, posted the recall Friday because random samples of frozen organic peas and corn tested by Ohio health officials returned positive results for the foodborne pathogen. At least four brands are included in the frozen vegetable recall: Schwans, True Goodness by Meijer; Wellsley Farms Organic; and Organic by Nature. Vegetables recalled are various varieties of peas, corn and mixed vegetables. “We know the recalled frozen vegetables were distributed to retailers and distribution centers between Sept. 13, 2015, and March 16 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,” according to the company’s recall notice.

Above is the identifying label information for the recalled frozen organic vegetables distributed by CRF Frozen Foods. The list is also available on the FDA website.
“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.” For additional information, consumers may call 844-551-5595 Mondays through Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT. No illnesses have been reported as of Friday, but the company is recalling the products as a precaution. The recalled frozen organic vegetables were sold in plastic bags and are marked with “Use By Dates” located on the back of the package. All of the dates are in 2017 or 2018. A complete list of the specific vegetables being recalled and product codes on their packages is available in the CRF recall notice. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which 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. (To sign up for a free subscription to Food Safety News, click here.)