Massive Frozen Food Recall Issued Due to Listeria Outbreak
A massive frozen food recall was issued by CRF Frozen Foods in all 50 states and several Canadian provinces due to a Listeria outbreak.
About the CRF Frozen Food Recall
According to reports, all frozen fruits and vegetables produced in the CRF Pasco, Washington facility since May 2014 were included in the recall.
The recall was originally thought to be of a smaller scale. Now it is known that the listeria outbreak scare was of a larger scope.
There have been reports of seven people becoming ill after consuming CRF products; two of those individuals have since died. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is questioning rather the deaths are truely correlated to the outbreak as listeria was not listed as the cause of death of either person.
The recall not only affects products sold in supermarkets, but were also sold under brand names like Safeway, Trader Joe’s, and Panda Express to name a few.
What is Listeria?
The following information was provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Listeria is a serious health hazard and can result in fatal infections, particularly in older adults, pregnant women, young children, and those with weakened immune systems.
- Listeria results in an estimated 1,600 illness and 260 deaths every year.
- A single outbreak in 2011 resulted in 147 illness, 33 deaths, and 1 miscarriage.