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Listeria Outbreak Causes Massive Frozen Foods Recall

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It's time to check your freezers, everyone.

CRF Foods, a company that provides a huge amount of the country's frozen fruits and vegetables has just issued a massive recall after discovering listeria at one of their production facilities in Pasco, Washington. The recall involves 358 products sold under 42 different brand names that were sold at many stores including Costco, Trader Joe's and Walmart.

Listeria is a food-borne illness often found in raw food. Those most at risk of adverse effects from listeria are pregnant women, children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.

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According to the FDA, at least eight people got sick from consuming the tainted products. Trader Joe's appears to be hit the hardest as the most prominent supplier and have issued an announcement that any of the following products that have the Lot "BF" printed on the package should be tossed immediately:

Trader Joe's Organic Peas (SKU/Barcode 00496636)

Trader Joe's Petite Peas (SKU/Barcode 00122689)

Trader Joe's Organic Whole Green Beans (SKU/Barcode 00169219)

Trader Joe's Broccoli Florettes (SKU/Barcode 00542784)

Trader Joe's Organic Foursome (SKU/Barcode 00908672)

Other retailers that carried potentially tainted frozen fruits and vegetables include the private labels for Walmart, Costco and Safeway, among others. Brands like Organic by Nature and some Panda Express veggies also come from CRF Foods. They all have “best buy” dates between April 26, 2016, and April 26, 2018.

Check out the complete list of affected foods over on the FDA site.

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