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article imageHealth Alert — Frozen vegetable recall is now international

By Karen Graham     Jun 18, 2016 in Food
The number of companies recalling frozen vegetables over concerns about Listeria contamination has not only expanded, but now includes Canada, the UK, and Japan. There is also the possibility this latest recall may be unrelated to the CRF recall.
National Frozen Foods Corporation (NFFC) of Seattle, Washington issued a voluntary recall late Friday night for its Not-Ready-To-Eat frozen green peas and frozen mixed vegetables because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall covers 13 different brands, according to the FDA notice.
The company also confirmed to Food Safety News that bulk shipments of the frozen products have been recalled from food companies in the U.S., Canada, and Japan. In a press release issued on June 17, 2016, NFFC says the products being recalled were distributed in retail stores nationwide between September 2, 2015, and June 2, 2016.
The company did issue a press release, but has not put a recall notice on its website. The press release gives a complete listing of the recalled items under this notice. It does not include recalled products distributed to food service accounts in bulk containers and recalled products distributed to foodservice accounts in Canada and Japan.
Consumers should be made aware that some of the bulk products may have been distributed to senior centers, Meals-on-Wheels, and other institutions. The specific products in the NFFC recall include WalMart’s Great Value brand, Target’s Market Pantry, Schwan’s LiveSmart, Sprouts Farmers Market, Smart&Final’s First Street, and Reinhart Foodservice’s brand Bountiful Harvest.
Additional recalls related to the NFFC recall of frozen vegetables
So far, there are four additional food companies recalling frozen vegetables because they contain frozen peas from Seattle’s NFFC that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The frozen pea recalls appear to be unrelated to the humongous recall of frozen peas by CRF Frozen Foods LLC.
Pinnacle Foods Inc of Parsippany, N.J. is voluntarily recalling their C&W Early Harvest Petite Peas and C&W Petite Peas because the contract packer of the products, National Frozen Foods, notified the Company of the Listeria issue.
Duck Delivery Produce Inc. of Sumner, WA is recalling its Zupan’s Macaroni Salad With Cheddar Cheese because the company was notified by NFFC of the recall. The macaroni salad contains peas. The products under this recall were distributed to four Zupan’s Markets in Portland and Lake Oswego, OR, between April 9 and June 14.
HelloFresh of New York, N.Y. is recalling four different Meal Kits that contain peas that were obtained from NFFC because of a possibility they may be contaminated with Listeria. This recall includes consumers in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
Essential Foods Inc. of Seattle, Wa. has recalled four flavors of Globespun Gourmet 8oz wraps because an ingredient (peas) has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, The recalled Globespun Gourmet wraps were distributed in Washington and Oregon to grocery outlets and corporate cafeterias.
Warning by Public Health officials
If anyone has any of the recalled products in their freezers or refrigerators, DO NOT EAT THEM. Throw them out of put them down the garbage disposal. Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap after disposing of the products. If you become ill after eating any of the recalled products, seek medical care immediately.
And an added note: While Listeria is not the only pathogen that can cause a foodborne illness, it is the most lethal. While most healthy individuals can fight off a listeria infection without any lingering effects, if it gets into the bloodstream it can kill you. So please. heed food recall warningb and take them seriously.
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