CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington, has expanded a voluntary recall for some of its products, which included organic and non-organic fruits and vegetables because of the risk of Listeria, according to the company's statement.
CRF Frozen Foods expands recall. All CRF frozen vegetables & fruits have Listeria potential. Affects 358 products. https://t.co/rk199qN80z
— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) May 3, 2016
The voluntary recall is being made in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"CDC has informed CRF Frozen Foods that the government has identified seven people from three states who became ill and were hospitalized due to Listeria, " the company statement said. "Some of these illnesses have been linked to consuming CRF-manufactured or processed products."
Products being recalled may have been purchased in all fifty U.S. states and the following Canadian Provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, the company said.
Scientifically named Listeria monocytogenes, the bacteria was found during a routine testing of the food by Ohio health officials. It can cause serious and sometimes fatal harm to infants, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, according to the statement.
The recall includes all of the frozen organic and traditional fruit and vegetable products manufactured or processed in CRF Frozen Foods' Pasco facility since May 1, 2014. The Pasco factory was the only one found with the bacteria risks.
The FDA said consumers who purchased the products in question can return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund, or discard them.