Nearly two months after CRF Frozen Foods set off a massive recall of vegetables thought to be contaminated with listeria and linked to at least two deaths and eight illnesses, a second frozen vegetable supplier — National Frozen Food Corp. — has initiated a separate recall over listeria concerns, and many of the recalled products are from the nation’s largest retailers. The National Frozen Food Corp. issued a voluntary recall of frozen peas and mixed vegetables due to possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes, commonly referred to as Listeria. Frozen mixed vegetables and peas packaged by Bountiful Harvest, First Street, Great Value, Live Smart, Market Pantry and Sprout between the dates of September 2 and June 2 are included in the recall. National Frozen Food Corp. initiated the recall after a sample tested by the company revealed that the finished products may potentially be contaminated with the bacteria. So far, there have been no reported illnesses attributed to the recalled items to date. Customers who purchased the vegetables should not consume the products and can return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. The recalled products can be identified by the date codes printed on the back of the retail sized bag or the side of the master case.
Listeriosis is food poisoning caused by eating foods contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes) bacterium. In pregnant women, the infection can result in miscarriage, premature delivery, severe infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.
Listeriosis affects mainly pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and adults with impaired immune systems. Healthy adults and children sometimes are infected with L. monocytogenes, but they rarely become seriously ill. Babies can be born with listeriosis if their mothers eat contaminated food during pregnancy.
The symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches, and sometimes nausea or diarrhea. If infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or convulsions can occur. But infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness.
If you experience any symptoms, contact your physician. Listeria is treatable with antibiotics.
The Food and Drug Administration cautions people not to consume these products. Any products matching these descriptions should be disposed or returned for a full refund.
A full list of the recalled items is available at FDA.gov.