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Extensive frozen vegetable and fruit recall

Posted May 4, 2016

CRF Frozen Foods frozen vegetable and fruit recall

CRF Frozen Foods has recalled approximately 358 frozen vegetable and fruit products sold under 42 separate brands including Trader Joe's, Great Value, McCain, Wild Oats, Season's Choice, Kirkland's and more.

Look at the list of specific recalled products and then check your freezer immediately. This is a serious recall.

The recall is due to possible Listeria contamination.

Here are the details from the FDA press release:

As a precaution, CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington is expanding its voluntary recall of frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables. We are performing this voluntary recall in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The organism can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

This expanded recall of frozen vegetables includes all of the frozen organic and traditional fruit and vegetable products manufactured or processed in CRF Frozen Foods' Pasco facility since May 1, 2014. All affected products have the best by dates or sell by dates between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018. These include approximately 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands, the details of which are listed below. Products include organic and non-organic broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, corn, edamame, green beans, Italian beans, kale, leeks, lima beans, onions, peas, pepper strips, potatoes, potato medley, root medley, spinach, sweet potatoes, various vegetable medleys, blends, and stir fry packages, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, peaches, raspberries, and strawberries. For a complete list of affected products, see below.

We apologize for any concern or inconvenience this expanded recall has caused our customers and consumers who enjoy our products. We are issuing this release to alert consumers not to eat these products. Consumers who purchased these products may return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund, or simply discard them. Consumers with questions may call the company's consumer hotline at 844-483-3866, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

CRF had already suspended operations at its Pasco, Washington facility as of Monday morning, April 25, 2016 following the initial voluntary recall, so a thorough review could be conducted.

CDC has informed CRF Frozen Foods that the government has identified seven people from three states who became ill and were hospitalized due to Listeria. Some of these illnesses have been linked to consuming CRF-manufactured or processed products. CDC also informed us that, sadly, two of these individuals later died, but that Listeria was not the cause of death in either person.

All retailers who received the products have been contacted.

Products being recalled may have been purchased in all fifty U.S. states and the following Canadian Provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan.

To see the long list of recalled products, head to


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  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 4, 2016

    ThomasG - Good point. This appears to be a far reaching issue that could affect many.

  • ThomasG May 4, 2016

    The larger packages made me think of schools, hospitals , institutions & prisons in addition to restaurants . Very Frightening.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 4, 2016

    Birds Eye responded to my inquiry and informed me that they do not source through CRF and that none of their products are included in this recall.

    jghumri - restaurants will be pulling their stock of these products as well so you should not be served any of them. They do not have a list of restaurants that use their products available. You can ask a manager at the restaurant if you want to see if they had any of the recalled products or if they get veggies from CRF, but they may or may not know.

  • jghumri May 3, 2016

    The size of alot of the recalled products are restaurant sizes. Panda express is on the list, does this mean some restaurants may be serving or have served these products? How can consumers verify the products used in local establishments? Does heating (boiling) kill the listeria microbes?

  • jghumri May 3, 2016

    This is really scary. It's such a large amount of products over quite a time span. I hope the remaining products are identified before more people get sick!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 3, 2016

    I agree with all of you. It really is a serious recall. I sure hope Bird's Eye does not sourced from them. I have already reached out to them and will let you know once they respond.

  • jdouglas13 May 3, 2016

    Wow, that's a huge list. It kind of makes me want to go into the freezer and dump all the frozen veg. The Princess is out of her beloved frozen green beans, and I was planning to get some tomorrow, but I think I'll hold off for a while.

  • 1secondlook May 3, 2016

    This expanded recall of frozen vegetables includes all of the frozen organic and traditional fruit and vegetable products manufactured or processed in CRF Frozen Foods' Pasco facility since May 1, 2014.
    THAT IS 2 YEARS AGO! I bet alot of people have eaten most of that food!

  • Em2s May 3, 2016

    Faye - You're not kidding extensive!! I hope the recall is in time to protect everyone. I'm off to check foods in my freezer. Thank you so very much for sharing!