Healthy Living

Huge Frozen Veggie And Fruit Recall Affects All 50 States

The recall now affects 358 products sold under 42 separate brands.

UPDATE: CRF Frozen Foods expanded its initial fruit and veggie recall on May 2, and then added a whole host of frozen meal items over the weekend. New information is reflected below.

Well, this certainly disrupts our peas of mind.

CRF Frozen Foods, a supplier to Trader Joe's and Costco, has expanded its late April frozen food recall from just 15 items to more than 350 frozen veggie and fruit items sold across the entire U.S. under dozens of separate brands.

The recall now includes everything produced at one of the company's facilities since May 2014. The packages were sold under brand names including Trader Joe's, Kirkland Signature, Emerald Farms, Columbia River Organics and Great Value.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website includes a complete list of affected brands and items, which include, among other things, frozen corn, berries, mixed vegetables and stir fry.

Most recently, Trader Joe's announced a recall of its frozen vegetable and chicken fried rice items on Monday. The foods join a list of other frozen fried rice, egg roll and breaded meal items affected by the recall and sold under product names including Tai Pei and Simmering Samurai.

These items may "have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes," according to the FDA recall. The bacterium can cause serious infections in anyone, though pregnant women, newborns, older adults and those with weakened immune systems are especially at risk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Seven people have been hospitalized due to Listeria. Two have died, though Listeria was not their cause of death, the FDA reports.

The affected items have best by or sell by dates between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018. They were sold in all 50 states and four Canadian provinces. Visit the FDA website for more info on specific brand packaging.

Customers who purchased the frozen foods should throw them away or take them back to the place of purchase for a full refund ... and maybe opt for some non-frozen dishes tonight, instead.

The Secret Lives of Fruits and Vegetables