Recall creep? Is this new? HelloFresh recalls frozen peas

There’s some great press release writing going on here, but not too many details.

HelloFresh of New York, N.Y. is recalling frozen peas due to notification from a supplier that the peas have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The peas were included in HelloFresh recipe kits delivered the week of June 11-15, 2016 and the weeks of March 12-25, 2016.Unknown

Currently, no illnesses or customer complaints have been reported to date, however, in an abundance of caution, the company has decided to conduct this voluntary recall. HelloFresh immediately informed their affected customers of the recall and advised them to discard the product.

Following the cooking preparation instructions printed on each individual case will effectively reduce the risk of exposure to this bacterium.

Also according to HelloFresh, ‘the pea is most commonly the small spherical seed of the pod fruit Pisum Sativum.’

Thanks for that.

Inquiring minds want to know if CRF Frozen Foods the supplier? If so, why did it take until 8 weeks to announce the recall? Was HelloFresh not going to recall the March products until they figured out they had used the same batch of recalled peas in their June products?

Oh, and show your validated consumer preparation instructions that lead to the effective reduction.

And CRF frozen veggies did lead to 8 illnesses including 2 deaths.


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Dr. Ben Chapman is a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.