There are so many Listeria recalls right now it’s hard to keep up. Two potentially contaminated food sources – frozen vegetables and sunflower seeds – have spawned numerous recalls. To help consumers stay up-to-date, Food Poisoning Bulletin has organized the recalls by retailer. Consumers who shop at these stores should check the list of recalls carefully as Listeria can cause serious illness and death.
Frozen vegetables produced by CRF Frozen Foods and sold under a variety of brand names have been linked to a Listeria outbreak that has sickened at least eight people in three states. Two of these people ate Organic by Nature brand frozen vegetables before they became sick. Organic by Nature is one of 42 brands of packaged frozen vegetables produced by CRF that have been recalled. Frozen products containing these vegetables have also been recalled.
Separately, a number of Listeria recalls have been issued for sunflower seeds or products containing them.
Symptoms of a Listeria infection can take up to 70 days after exposure to develop. They include stiff neck, headache, muscle soreness and flu-like symptoms that are sometimes preceded by nausea, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms.
Products affected by these recalls sold at Target, Costco and Trader Joe’s are listed below.
Frozen entrees sold at Target are under recall for possible Listeria contamination because they are made with recalled vegetables. They include Tai Pei Pepper Beef, item number 270-02-0287; Tai Pei Chicken Fried Rice with item number 270-02-0289 and Tai Pei Shrimp with item number 270-02-0378. And Archer Farms Chicken Poblano Spring Rolls, item number 270-06-0707.
Trader Joe’s was affected by both the sunflower seed recall and the frozen vegetable recall.
Trader Joe’s Broccoli Slaw & Kale Salad with White Chicken Meat, Sunflower Seeds, Cranberries, And A Sweet & Spicy Vinaigrette, with SKU 50286 and “USE BY” dates from 05/02 through 05/07 —sold only in AZ, CA, NV & UT are part of the sunflower seed Listeria recall.
Frozen entrees sold at Trader Joe’s affected by the frozen vegetable Listeria recall include: all lot/date codes of Trader Joe’s Vegetable Fried Rice with SKU/Barcode 00521482 and Trader Joe’s Chicken Fried Rice with SKU/Barcode 00332514.
Frozen vegetables old at Trader Joe’s affected by the frozen vegetable Listeria recall include: any lot containing the code BF of the following items: Trader Joe’s Organic Peas with SKU/Barcode 00496636; Trader Joe’s Petite Peas with SKU/Barcode 00122689; Trader Joe’s Organic Whole Green Beans with SKU/Barcode 00169219; Trader Joe’s Organic Broccoli Florettes with SKU/Barcode 00542784 and Trader Joe’s Organic Foursome with SKU/Barcode 00908672.
Also included in the frozen vegetable Listeria recall are Trader Joe’s Organic Super Sweet Cut Corn with SKU/Barcode 00299633 and the following lot codes: 6180 03237xx, 6180 03247xx, 6180 06287xx, 6180 06297xx,
6180 06307xx, 6180 07137xx,6180 08117xx, 6180 08127xx, 6180 08137.
Note: Trader Joe’s also has a product under recall for Salmonella: Trader Joe’s Kale & Edamame Salad with SKU 96711 with”USE BY dates MAY 05 2016 through MAY 14 2016—sold only in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio & Wisconsin.
Frozen vegetables sold under a variety of brand names that Costco carries including Organic by Nature, Watts Brothers, Kirkland, Bybee and others are part of these two recalls CRF and ConAgra. Costco shoppers who recently purchased frozen vegetables should check these lists carefully.
Frozen entrees sold at Costco are under recall for possible Listeria contamination because they are made with recalled vegetables. They include: Ajinomoto Yakitori Chicken Fried Rice; Petite Cuisine Southwest Chicken Firecrackers; Petite Cuisine Chicken Poblano Firecracker sold between May 1, 2014 and May 8, 2016. The recalled products have “best by” dates from May 1, 2016 through May 7, 2017.