Listeria Risk Triggers Huge Frozen Food Recall

If you’re a regular Trader Joe’s shopper, stop what you’re doing and check your freezer. Immediately.

Trader Joe’s recently announced a recall of CRF frozen vegetables because of possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA,) listeria can cause serious complications to certain, high-risk groups of people, including children, pregnant women and their unborn babies.

“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.”

The now-expanded recall 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.

This involves 358 products sold under 42 separate brands, including: 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 CRF products — which are also sold at other grocery store chains, like Costco —  check the FDA’s website.

Affected products from Trader Joe’s include:

  • 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)

Pay special attention to the lot designation of Trader Joe’s products when you’re checking your freezer; it will have the code, “BF” if it’s included in the recall.

Seven people from three states have reported being ill and hospitalized because of listeria so far. Some of the illnesses have been linked to eating CRF-manufactured or processed products. Tragically, two of these individuals later died, although listeria wasn’t the cause of death in either case.

As a precaution, all products from CRF have been removed from store shelves at Trader Joe’s. Operations have also been suspended at CRF’s Pasco, Washington, facility since April 25 following the initial recall.

If you purchased any of these affected products, do not eat them. It is advised that you return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund, or throw them away. For questions, call the company’s consumer hotline at 844-483-3866, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday, or send an email.


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