Check your freezers for popular Trader Joe's products that are being recalled over fears of listeria contamination.
In a statement, the FDA said the recall includes frozen foods manufactured by Washington-based CRF Frozen Foods since May 1, 2014! So seriously, check your freezers. The products will have best by dates or sell by dates between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018.
The 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands include organic and non-organic frozen broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, corn, edamame, green beans, Italian beans, kale, leeks, lima beans, onions, peas, pepper strips, potatoes, potato medley, root medley, spinach, sweet potatoes, various vegetable medleys and blends, stir fry packages, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, peaches, raspberries, and strawberries.
Check the FDA's site for a full list of affected products, some of which are carried by other grocery chains like Safeway. Trader Joe's advises customers to look at the lot designation, which will contain the code "BF" if it's subject to recall. Some recalled products include:
Trader Joe's Organic Peas (SKU/Barcode 00496636)
Trader Joe's Petite Peas (SKU/Barcode 00122689)
Trader Joe's Organic Whole Green Beans (SKU/Barcode 00169219)
Trader Joe's Broccoli Florettes (SKU/Barcode 00542784)
Trader Joe's Organic Foursome (SKU/Barcode 00908672)
The company also said in a statement, "Out of an abundance of caution, all products from this supplier have been removed from store shelves."
So far, seven people in three states have fallen ill from eating a contaminated product, and had to be hospitalized. According to the FDA's statement, two of those people later died, but interestingly, listeria was not listed as the cause of death.
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Well, I am a Trader Joe's-only shopper, and I serve their frozen veggies to my kids at dinner nearly every night because it's so easy. In fact, Petite Peas and the Organic Foursome are definitely staples in our house. So I have to go and check out the contents of my freezer. If I do find any affected items, I will be returning them to the store for a refund. Customers are advised they can also discard their frozen fruits and veggies, or call the consumer hotline with questions at 844-483-3866. Or, contact Trader's Joe's directly by phone at 626-599-3817 or by using their online contact form.
Good luck out there, freezer warriors!
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.