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Listeria Outbreak tied to Frozen Vegetables

Since March 2016, CDC has been collaborating with public health officials in several states and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections (listeriosis).

Eight people infected with the outbreak strains of Listeria have been reported from three states since September 13, 2013. All eight people were hospitalized, including one from Maryland and one from Washington who died, although listeriosis was not considered to be a cause of death for either person.

Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence available at this time indicates that frozen vegetables produced by CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington and sold under various brand names are one likely source of illness in this outbreak.

Investigations are ongoing to determine if food sources used to manufacture CRF Frozen Foods products could explain some of the illnesses. On April 23, 2016, CRF Frozen Foods recalled 11 frozen vegetable products because they may be contaminated with Listeria. On May 2, 2016, CRF Frozen Foods expanded the initial recall to include all organic and traditional frozen vegetable and fruit products processed in its Pasco, Washington facility since May 1, 2014. Approximately 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands were recalled. Recalled items were sold nationwide and in Canada. A complete table of recalled products is on the FDA website.

CDC recommends that consumers do not eat, and restaurants and retailers do not serve or sell, recalled organic and traditional frozen vegetables and fruit products.

  • Hominy Cimorelli

    What do you do if you know that you have ingested food that has been recalled

    • Frances Melendez

      I did and had all the nasty consequences. I am doing lab test.

      • Hominy Cimorelli

        Thank you for for letting me know, good luck if you don’t mind will you share your results. Thank you so much…

      • mimi

        What lab test did you get? And are you ok now? I have to fill up a stool sample but the cdc said “Stool samples are of limited use and are not recommended.”

        I’ve had on and off diarrhea for more than a year.

  • Lorie D.

    So if you cook frozen veggies for the recommended time, shouldn’t that kill the Listeria bacteria? The answer would be important, but I can’t find it listed anywhere.

    • Hominy Cimorelli

      I dont think that works in the case of an organism, not sure though