December 7, 2016

Secondary Recalls of CRF Frozen Foods for Listeria Monocytogenes

Since there have been so many recalls for frozen vegetable and fruit products for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination and because there is an outbreak linked to these foods, we thought we would gather them all in one place. They will be listed from newest to oldest, so if you check back to this page every day, you will see the newest recalls first.

It’s important to note that the illnesses are only linked to CRF products listed in their initial recall and the two updates. None of the other products listed in the secondary recalls are linked to the outbreak and no illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of those products.

Important RecallThis all started when a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak was linked to CRF Frozen Foods products by the CDC. At least eight people in three states are sickened in this outbreak. CRF recalled all of its frozen fruits and vegetables going back to May 2014, and this resulted in many secondary recalls of products packaged and sold by other companies.

Please look through these lists carefully. There are many, many products and many brand names affected by these recalls. If you have any of these products in your home, throw them away in a sealed container or return them to the place of purchase for a refund. Wash your hands carefully after handling these products. Do not use these products even if you plan to cook them, especially in the microwave oven. Microwave ovens all have “cold spots” which create areas in the food that may not get hot enough to kill the bacteria.

Then clean out your refrigerator and/or freezer with a solution of one tablespoon liquid chlorine bleach to one gallon of warm water. Listeria bacteria can grow at refrigerator temperatures and freezing does not kill it.

If you ate any of these recalled products, monitor yourself for the symptoms of listeriosis for the next 70 days, especially if you are in a high risk group, have a chronic illness, or are pregnant. The symptoms include high fever, muscle aches, stiff neck, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Pregnant women may suffer a miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature labor if they contract listeriosis, even though their symptoms are mild and similar to the flu. If you do get sick, see your doctor.

The Recalls

Ajinomoto Windsor updated its recall of frozen vegetables on May 17, 2016. No illnesses.

Stahlbush updated its recall of IQF Green Beans for possible Listeria contamination on May 16, 2016. No illnesses.

HyVee recalled its frozen vegetable fried rice and chicken fried rice products on May 13, 2016. No illnesses.

Piggly Wiggly recalled frozen yellow cut corn as part of the CRF Frozen Foods recall. No illnesses.

Ajinomoto Windsor recalled meat and poultry products for possible Listeria contamination on May 11, 2016. This recall was posted on the USDA web site. No illnesses.

Garland Ventures recalled AllFresh Foods ANJOY Chicken Fried Rice for possible Listeria contamination on May 10, 2016. No illnesses.

Kroger recalls Simple Truth Organic Frozen Mix Vegetables on May 10, 2016. No illnesses.

Natural Directions recalls two frozen vegetable items that included CRF products on May 9, 2016. No illnesses.

Pictsweet issued another recall on May 9, 2016 for frozen vegetable products because they contain green beans or peas recalled by CRF. No illnesses.

La Autentica Foods recalled meat tamale products on May 7, 2016 that may contain frozen corn recalled for Listeria. No illnesses.

Ajinomoto Windsor recalled products on May 7, 2016, including chicken entrees and pot pies, that used green beans. No illnesses.

On May 7, 2016, Pictsweet recalled Kroger brand vegetables. Green beans or green peas recalled by CRF frozen foods were used to make those products. No illnesses.

Twin City Foods recalled mixed vegetables sold under several brand names as part of the CRF recall on May 6, 2016. No illnesses.

Stahlbush Island Farms recalls green beans for possible Listeria contamination on May 6, 2016. No illnesses.

Harris Teeter recalled frozen organic corn and frozen mixed vegetables on May 6, 2016 for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses.

The recall of items sold at Trader Joe’s and Costco was updated on May 6, 2016.

Pita Pal Foods recalled several salads that were made with CRF frozen vegetables on May 5, 2016. No illnesses.

Trader Joe’s frozen organic sweet corn and Watts Brothers mixed vegetables, sweet corn, and peas (sold at Costco) were recalled as part of the CRF recall on May 5, 2016. No illnesses.

The FDA released information on its investigation into the listeriosis outbreak on May 4, 2016.

A second update of the CRF frozen vegetables recall changed some information about product codes. was released on May 4, 2016.

An update of the first recall on May 2, 2016 mentioned the Listeria outbreak that was linked to CRF frozen vegetables. The recall was expanded.

The first recall of CRF frozen vegetables was issued on April 23, 2016. More than 300 products sold under 42 different brand names are included in the recall.

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