PASCO, Wash. — A massive recall of frozen vegetable and fruit products at Costco was announced Wednesday by CRF Frozen Foods. The recall includes retail locations in all 50 states.
The company is expanding its voluntary recall of frozen conventional and organic frozen fruits and vegetables due to the risk of Listeria contamination.
According to a Wednesday news release from CRF Frozen Foods, Listeria 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.
The Center for Disease Control has informed CRF Frozen Foods that the government has identified seven people from three states who became ill and were hospitalized due to Listeria, the release said. Some of these illnesses have been linked to consuming CRF-manufactured or processed products. CDC also informed us that, sadly, two of these individuals later died but that Listeria was not the cause of death in either person.
The recall includes all the products manufactured or processed in CRF Frozen Foods’ Pasco facility since May 1, 2014.
Products include organic and non-organic broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, corn, edamame, green beans, Italian beans, kale, leeks, lima beans, onions, peas, pepper strips, potatoes, potato medley, root medley, spinach, sweet potatoes, various vegetable medleys, blends, and stir fry packages, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, peaches, raspberries, and strawberries.
Anyone who has purchased the foods on the recall list and still has them in their freezer is asked to return the products to the store where they were purchased for a refund. Anyone with questions can call CFR Consumer Foods’ hotline at 844-483-3866.