Ripples of recalls continue to come from food manufacturers and retailers for products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes from frozen vegetables and fruits that have been linked to an outbreak that started in 2013 and is ongoing. The recall encompasses approximately 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands, including Kirkland Signature, sold at Costco, and Great Value, sold at Walmart.
If you figure out that you've bought recalled products, the CDC recommends you throw them away in a closed plastic bag, clean the area where they were stored and then wash your hands with warm water and soap.
The recalls were issued by the following companies as part of the on-going CRF Frozen Foods recall.
Washington State based CRF issued a voluntary recall back in April, which included suspending operations at its Pasco facility.
Abe Palmer, the manager of the Dutch Harbor Safeway store, said this week that store employees had removed the products from the frozen food section.
Perhaps the creepiest thing about this recent recall is that freezer food lasts pretty much forever, often hibernating for years in the icy recesses of your freezer.
Listeriosis is a rare but serious illness usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes. Seven people from three states have become ill and been hospitalized due to listeria.
Two of those people died.
Craig Wilson, vice president of food safety for Costco, said that the withdrawn products have printed "sell-by dates" from April the 26th, 2016, to April the 26th, 2018.
The recall covers frozen fruits and vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, peppers, green beans, kale, blueberries, cherries and strawberries.
It's fairly well known that listeria can be devastating to pregnant women because it can cause birth defects or even the death of the fetus.
While food contaminated with Listeria may not look or smell spoiled, it can still make you sick. Measures of precaution need to be taken fast to prevent any other case of Listeria.