Following a Listeria outbreak, a food packaging corporation has issued a voluntary recall, which affected initially eleven different products but has been now extended to a massive three hundred and sixty different vegetables and fruit, both organic and non-organic.
The company fears they are contaminated with monocytegenes bacteria – Listeria – that can be fatal, as Katie Mettler reports for the Washington Post.
The Center of Disease Control and Prevention announced on this last Tuesday that eight people on three states have been affected by the outbreak and are now hospitalized. Two of those patients, one in Washington state and the other in Maryland have since died, although officials point out that Listerosis wasn’t the cause of death.
The fruits and vegetables were at the care of the CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco’s packaging company at Washington and there were forty two brands affected – being sold at Costco, Trader Joe’s and others across all of the U.S. States and some zones of Canada.
Bill Marler alerts the consumers that the products may have been bought for long before they consume them since they have a huge shelf life, so they should think about whether they may have these products in their homes or not.
To see if you’re affected, simply access the U. S. Food and Drug Administration’s site, as there is a list of affected products there.
CRF Frozen Foods’ Officials have then since shut down the plants and issued their apologies for the expanded recall, and they urge consumers not to eat the products, offering a refund for their return or simply advising people to discard them as they see fit.
Listeria can cause premature delivery, miscarriages, stillbirth and even life-threatening infections in babies if their mothers contracted the disease while carrying. The symptoms are muscle aches, fever and diarrhea.