A recall of frozen organic and non-organic fruits and vegetables because of the risk of Listeria, has been widened to cover more than 350 different products sold under 42 different brand names, federal officials say. (1)
“Eight people infected with the outbreak strains of Listeria have been reported in the US since September 13, 2013,” according to a statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Some of these illnesses have been linked to consuming CRF-manufactured or processed products.”
This recall is being made in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They provide a complete list of affected products. (2)
All affected CRF products have best-by dates or sell-by dates between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018. The products include organic and non-organic broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, blueberries, peaches, raspberries, and strawberries. (3)
The FDA advise customers to return these products to the store where they were purchased for a refund, or discard them, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children and frail or elderly people. The individuals with stronger immune system may suffer only short-term with high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Infection among pregnant women can result with miscarriages and stillbirths. (4)