Listeria recalls in frozen produce raises questions about source

With over 500 products now being recalled because they may contain frozen fruits and veggies from CRF Frozen Foods, I’m not going to keep track of them.

stahlbush.island.farmsThis one, though, is of interest because of the label: Stahlbush Island Farms – Family Grown Food.

The food recall warning issued on May 6, 2016 has been amended to correctly identify the “Best By” date for one code of the affected Stahlbush Island Farms brand Cut Green Beans.

Industry is recalling Stahlbush Island Farms brand Cut Green Beans from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products.

So is the family grown food firm bringing product from Washington state to Oregon?

 

5 sickened, 2 dead: Listeria test-and-hold is easy for frozen produce, instead it’s a massive recall

As a precaution, CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington is expanding its voluntary recall of frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables. We are performing this voluntary recall in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

listeria4The organism can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

This expanded recall of frozen vegetables 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. All affected products have the best by dates or sell by dates between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018. These include approximately 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands, the details of which are listed below. Products include organic and non-organic 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, blends, and stir fry packages, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, peaches, raspberries, and strawberries. For a complete list of affected products, see below.

We apologize for any concern or inconvenience this expanded recall has caused our customers and consumers who enjoy our products. We are issuing this release to alert consumers not to eat these products. Consumers who purchased these products may return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund, or simply discard them. Consumers with questions may call the company’s consumer hotline at 844.551.5595, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time.

CRF had already suspended operations at its Pasco, Washington facility as of Monday morning, April 25, 2016 following the initial voluntary recall, so a thorough review could be conducted.

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. Some of these illnesses have been linked to consuming CRF-manufactured or processed products. CDC also informed us that, sadly, two of these individuals later died, but that Listeria was not the cause of death in either person.

All retailers who received the products have been contacted.

Products being recalled may have been purchased in all fifty U.S. states and the following Canadian Provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. 

CRF-Branded Products
Instructions to Consumer> All Best By Dates, All Frozen Vegetables and Fruit Items
Best By will include the following dates 04.26.16 thru 04.26.18
All Codes are found on the Back of the Bag in the following location down the back seam
Brand Container 
Size
UPC
Bybee’s    
Bybee’s Big House Blend 30lb AZ#85
Bybee Foods Organic California Broccoli Florets 4lb 4635800050
Bybee’s Best 1″ Cut Green Beans 20lb 4635800012
Bybee Foods Cut Green Beans 50lb 205050004485CR
Bybee Foods Organic Petite Whole Green Beans 5lb 5711000146
Bybee’s Best Whole Green Beans 15lb 4635800018
Bybee’s Best Cut Corn 20lb 4635800010
Bybee’s Best Cut Corn 55lb 45720025
Bybee Foods Cut Corn 50lb 132
Bybee Foods Organic Supersweet White Corn 5lb 5711000148
Bybee’s Best White Cut Corn 20lb 4635800034
Bybee Foods Northwest Growers Select 
Supersweet Cut Corn
5lb 4635800043
Bybee’s Best Green Peas 20lb 4635800011
Bybee Foods Green Peas 50lb 155000007785CR
Bybee Foods Organic Sweet Baby Peas 5lb 5711000145
Bybee’s Best Peas & Carrots 20lb 4635800013
Bybee’s Best Mixed Vegetables 20lb 4635800014
Bybee Foods Organic Mixed Vegetables 5lb 4635800051
Bybee Foods Organic Mixed Vegetables with 
Shelled Edamame
5lb 4635800001
Bybee Foods Organic Chopped Kale 56oz 4635800054
Bybee’s    
Bybee Foods Organic Steamers Roasted Red
Potato & Vegetable Medley
12oz 4635800041
Bybee Foods Northwest Growers Select Chopped
Spinach
56oz 4635800035
Bybee Foods Organic Steamers Sweet Potatoes 12oz 4635800052
Bybee Foods Organic Chopped Onions 45lb R02303
Columbia River Organics    
Columbia River Organics Organic Blueberries 10oz 5711000125
Columbia River Organics Organic Bounty Blend 10oz 4635800024
Columbia River Organics Organic Broccoli & 
Cheddar Cheese
10oz 5711000140
Columbia River Organics Organic Broccoli Florets 10oz 5711000117
Columbia River Organics Organic Butternut 
Squash
10oz 5711000141
Columbia River Organics Organic California 
Harvest
10oz 5711000122
Columbia River Organics Organic Cranberries 10oz 4635800026
Columbia River Organics Organic Cut Green Beans 10oz 5711000103
Columbia River Organics Organic Diced Onions 10oz 5711000116
Columbia River Organics Organic Edamame 10oz 5711000120
Columbia River Organics Organic French Cut 
Green Beans
10oz 5711000105
Columbia River Organics Organic Garden Stir Fry 10oz 5711000124
Columbia River Organics Organic Gardener’s Blend 10oz 5711000114
Columbia River Organics Organic Peaches 10oz 5711000129
Columbia River Organics Organic Peas & Carrots 10oz 5711000112
Columbia River Organics Organic Peas & pearl
Onions
10oz 5711000113
Columbia River Organics Organic Petite Peas 10oz 5711000109
Columbia River Organics Organic Petite Whole
Green Beans
10oz 5711000102
Columbia River Organics Organic Potato Medley 10oz 4635800025
Columbia River Organics Organic Raspberries 10oz 5711000130
Columbia River Organics Organic Shelled 
Edamame
10oz 5711000119
Columbia River Organics Organic Spinach 10oz 5711000121
Columbia River Organics Organic Strawberries 10oz 5711000131
Columbia River Organics Organic Super Sweet 
White Corn
10oz 5711000107
Columbia River Organics Organic Sweet Cherries 10oz 5711000127
Columbia River Organics    
Columbia River Organics Organic Sweet Potatoes 10oz 4635800023
Columbia River Organics Organic Sweet Yellow 
Corn
10oz 5711000106
Northwest Growers Select    
Northwest Growers Select Broccoli Cuts 20lb 4635800046
Northwest Growers Select Cob Corn 96ct 4635800049
Northwest Growers Select Cut Corn 20lb 5711000163
Northwest Growers Select Cut Corn 30lb 5711000165
Northwest Growers Select Cut Corn 55lb 45730579
Northwest Growers Select French
Cut Green Beans
20lb 25100
Northwest Growers Select Cut Green Beans 20lb 57110000184
Northwest Growers Select 1/2″ Cut Green Beans 30lb 08110
Northwest Growers Select Cut Green Beans 30lb 5711000186
Northwest Growers Select Cut Green Beans 50lb 4635800020
Northwest Growers Select Organic Cut Green
Beans
30lb 5711000187
Northwest Growers Select Organic Cut Green
Beans
50lb 4635800042
Northwest Growers Select Cut Italian Beans 20lb 4635800031
Northwest Growers Select Diced Carrots 20lb 20100
Northwest Growers Select Organic Diced Carrots 50lb 4635800019
Northwest Grower’s Select Diced Onions 45lb 19190
Northwest Growers Select Fine Whole Green 
Beans
4lb 10150
Northwest Growers Select Green Peas 20lb 5711000152
Northwest Growers Select Green Peas 55lb 45721084
Northwest Growers Select Organic Peas 30lb 5711000155
Northwest Growers Select Mixed Vegetables 20lb 4635800044
Northwest Growers Select Pearl Onions 20lb 22100
Northwest Growers Select Peas & Carrots 20lb 14100
Northwest Growers Select Petite Whole Green
Beans
15lb 5711000194
Northwest Growers Select Shoestring Carrots 20lb 4635800027
Northwest Growers Select White Supersweet Cut 
Corn
30lb 5711000182
Northwest Growers Select 5.5″ Supersweet Cob 
Corn
48 count 528628
Organic by Nature    
Organic by Nature Organic Baby Peas 16oz 4635800069
Organic by Nature Organic Butternut Squash 16oz 4635800075
Organic by Nature Organic California Broccoli 
Florets
16oz 4635800060
Organic by Nature Organic Chopped Kale 40lb R02208
Organic by Nature Organic Diced Carrots 50lb 20191
Organic by Nature Organic Diced Leeks 40lb R01810
Organic by Nature Organic Diced Onions 45lb AK#200064
Organic by Nature Organic Diced Onions 45lb 202819
Organic by Nature Organic Edamame 8oz 4635800073
Organic by Nature Organic Green Peas 50lb R01790
Organic by Nature Organic Multi-Colored 
Cauliflower Florets
16oz 4635800076
Organic by Nature Organic Petite Whole Green
Beans
16oz 4635800071
Organic by Nature Organic Petite Whole Green 
Beans
5lb 4635800059
Organic by Nature Organic Root Medley 16oz 4635800074
Organic by Nature Organic Sweet Baby Peas 5lb 4635800063
Organic by Nature Organic Super Sweet White
Corn
16oz 4635800070
Organic by Nature Organic Super Sweet Whole 
Kernel Corn
50lb R03881
Organic by Nature Organic Vegetable Medley 5lb 4635800066
Organic by Nature Organic Vegetable medley With 
Shelled Edamame
5lb 4635800065
Organic by Nature Org White Corn 4lb 4635800070
Organic by Nature Organic White Corn 5lb 4635800064
Organic by Nature Organic Whole Kernel Sweet
Corn
4lb 4635800058
     
Canadian-Costco Wholesale    
Organic by Nature    
Organic by Nature Organic Butternut Squash 2kg 4635800067
Organic by Nature Organic Sweet Peas 2.5kg 4635800061
Organic by Nature Organic Vegetable Medley 2.5kg 4635800062

 

 

Private Labels with CRF Identified through an unique number on bag
Instructions to consumer> look for the highlighted  numbers as shown Below
Best By will include the following dates 04.26.16 thru 04.26.18
All Codes are found on the Back of the Bag in the following location down the back seam
Brand Container
Size
UPC Best by Date or Code
on Retail Package
C.H. Belt’s      
C.H. Belt’s Worlds Finest
Cut Beans
20lb 00882240000695 202050001168  08:29
Chef Maxwell      
Chef Maxwell California 
Blend
20lb 063027 Best By: 071616
352000009920  17:28
Chef Maxwell Cut Corn 20lb 051849 Best By: 071616
102000009920  17:29
Chef Maxwell Green 
Beans
20lb 051849 Best By: 071616
203050009920   17:30
Chef Maxwell Peas 20lb 051849 Best By: 071616
 152000009920   17:31
Chef Maxwell Green 
Beans
25lb 1-bean-grf Best By: 071616
 202530009920 17:32
Chef Maxwell Cut Corn 30lb 3530295002 Best By: 071616
 10300000992017:33
Chef Maxwell Green 
Beans
30lb 3530295001 Best By: 071616
 203050009920  17:34
Chef Maxwell Green 
Beans
30lb 63530295001 Best By: 071616
 203050009920  17:35
Chef Maxwell Green 
Italian Beans
30lb 3530295001 Best By: 071616
 203008009920   17:36
Chef Maxwell Green
Peas
30lb 3530295003 Best By: 071616
 153000009920   17:37
Chef Maxwell Peas & 
Carrots
30lb 98020 Best By: 071616
 303000009920   17:38
Chef Maxwell Raw 
Mixed Vegetables
30lb 63530295005 Best By: 071616
 403000009920  17:39
Chef Maxwell Carrots 30lb 635302-5004 Best By: 071616
 254000009920  17:40
Correct Choice      
Correct Choice Cut Corn 30lb 30CBE 103000407766   08:26
Correct Choice Green
Beans
30lb 30GBBE 203050007766  08:27
Correct Choice Green 
Beans
30lb 30GBCMI 203050007766  08:28
Correct Choice Green 
Peas
30lb 30PBE 153000007766  08:29
Earth’s Pride      
Earth’s Pride Organics 
Chopped Spinach
5lb 0000027771 Best By: 041218 103 16 23:01 B 
Product of USA 
726623001122
Earth’s Pride Organics 
Peas
5lb 0000027772 Best By: 041218 103 16 23:01 B
 Product of USA 
556700001122
Earth’s Pride Organics
Roasted Red Potatoes 
and Vegetable Medley
12oz 00000229244 Best By: 041218 103 16 23:01 B 
 Product of USA
  743829001122
Endico      
Endico Cut Corn 20lb 601459277304 102000007709  08:29
Endico Cut Green Beans 20lb 712 202050007709 08:30
Endico Peas 20lb 7720 152000007709  08:31
Endico Peas and Carrots 20lb 7730 302000007709 08:32
Farmer’s Bounty      
Farmer’s Bounty Cut 
Corn
20lb 02300 102000407721   08:26
Farmer’s Bounty Corn 30lb 5711000171 103000407721 08:30
Farmer’s Bounty Diced 
Carrots
50lb 4635800029 255020004421  08:37
Farmer’s Bounty Cut 
Green Beans
20lb 07300 202050007721  08:27
Farmers Bounty Cut 
Green Beans
30lb 4635800007 203050007721   08:31
Farmers Bounty Green 
Peas
30lb 5711000161 152000007721   08:32
Farmer’s Bounty Green 
Peas
50lb 4635800028 155000007721  08:38
Farmer’s Bounty Mixed
Vegetables
20lb 02300 402000007721   08:29
Farmer’s Bounty Mixed 
Vegetables
30lb 4635800003 403000007721   08:33
Farmer’s Bounty      
Farmer’s Bounty Peas & Carrots 30lb 4635800002 303000007721   08:34
Farmer’s Bounty Raw Chopped Onions 45lb 26290 284523007721  08:36
Farmer’s Bounty Slice Carrots 30lb 463580008 4635800008  08:37
Farmer’s Bounty Whole Green Beans 15lb 4635800021 4635800021  08:38
Fiesta Mart      
Fiesta Mart Cut Corn 16oz 5102280003 Best By: 122215 
101200201178 15:23) 

Product of USA A

Fiesta Mart Green Peas 16oz 5102280005 Best By: 122215 
151200001178 15:23)

Product of USA A

Fiesta Mart Mixed
Vegetables
16oz 5102280006 Best By: 122215 
451200001178 15:23)

Product of USA A

Fiesta Mart Peas &
Carrots
16oz 5102280007 Best By: 122215 
301200001178 15:23)

Product of USA A

The Inn      
The Inn Cut Corn 20lb 8628920723 102000401115  08:29
The Inn Cut Green Beans 20lb 8628920109 202050001115  08:30
The Inn Green Peas 20lb 8628920742 152000001115 08:31
The Inn Diced Carrots 20lb 8628920742 252020001115 08:32
The Inn 4-Way Mixed Vegetables 20lb 8628920720 402000001115 08:33
The Inn 5-Way Mixed Vegetables 20lb 8628920744 452000001115 08:34
The Inn Peas & Carrots 20lb 8628920749 302000001115  08:35
Live Smart      
Live Smart Organic Bi-
color Corn
16oz 604338 Product of USA
2B6101 02:11 B
Live Smart Green Peas 40oz 603546 Product of USA
2B6101 02:11 B
Live Smart Edamame 6oz 604369 Product of USA
 2B6101 02:11 B
Live Smart Mini Bow Tie
Pasta and Vegetable
Blend
32oz 603232 Product of USA
2B6101 02:11 B
Live Smart Super Sweet
Cut Corn
40oz 603379 Product of USA
2B6101 02:11 B
Live Smart Organic 
Vegetable Medley
16oz 604345 Product of USA
2B6101 02:11 B
Parade      
Parade Baby Lima Beans 16oz 5070030670 Best By: 122215
311200001108 15:23) 

Product of USA A

Parade Chopped Onions 12oz 5070055791 Best By: 122215 
281123001108 15:23)
Product of USA A
Parade Crinkle Cut Carrots 16oz 5070030668 Best By: 122215 
251235001108 15:23)
Product of USA A
Parade Cut Corn 16oz 5070030666 Best By: 122215 
10120020110815:23)
Product of USA A
Parade Cut Corn 32oz 5070007676 Best By: 122215 
101500201108 15:23)
Product of USA A
Parade Cut Green Beans 16oz 5070028672 Best By: 122215 
201250001108 15:23)
Product of USA A
Parade Cut Green Beans 32oz 5070055810 Best By: 122215 
20155000110815:23)
Product of USA A
Parade Green Peas 16oz 5070031666 Best By: 122215 
151200001108 15:23)
Product of USA A
Parade Green Peas 32oz 5070007682 Best By: 122215 
151500001108 15:23)
Product of USA A
Parade Mixed Vegetables 16oz 5070030675 Best By: 122215 
45150000110815:23)
Product of USA A
Parade Mixed Vegetables 32oz 5070055832 Best By: 122215 
451200001108 15:23)
Product of USA A
Parade Peas and Dice Carrots 16oz 5070031831 Best By: 122215 
3011200001108 15:23)
Product of USA A
Parade Petite Green Peas 16oz 5070055804 Best By: 122215 
151210001108 15:23)
Product of USA A
O Organic      
O Organic Brussels Sprouts 10oz 7989340283 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
O Organic Butternut Squash 10oz 7989340281 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
O Organic Chopped Kale 10oz 7989340282 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
O Organic Edamame 16oz 7989340179 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
O Organic Garden Blend Vegetables 16oz 7989310100 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
O Organic Green Peas 16oz 7989340174 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
O Organic Golden Cut Corn 16oz 7989340175 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
O Organic      
O Organic Mixed Vegetable Blend 16oz 7989340182 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
O Organics Org 4way 16oz 7989340182 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
O Organics Org SS Corn 16oz 7989340175 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
O Organic Sliced Peaches 10oz 7989340650 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
O Organic Wild Blueberries 10oz 7989340654 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
O Organic Wild Strawberries 48oz 7989340275 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
O Organic Whole Green Beans 16oz 7989340180 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
O Organic Whole Strawberries 10oz 7989340652 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Panda Express      
Panda Express Carrots & Peas 20lb 10882210001309 Use By: 021415 BF 16:20
Panda Express Super Sweet Corn 20lb 07913 Use By: 021415 BF 16:20
Pantry Essentials      
Pantry Essentials Cut Corn 64oz 2113015225 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Pantry Essentials Cut Green Beans 12oz 2113015221 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Pantry Essentials Cut Green Beans 32oz 2113015155 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Pantry Essentials Green Peas 64oz 2113015226 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Pantry Essentials Vegetable Blend 32oz 2113015151 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Pantry Essentials Vegetable Blend 64oz 2113015227 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Safeway Kitchens      
Safeway Kitchens Crinkle Cut Carrots 24oz 2113009109 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Safeway Kitchens Cut Green Beans 16oz 2113009151 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Safeway Kitchens Cut Green Beans 32oz 2113009083 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Safeway Kitchens      
Safeway Kitchens Green Peas 32oz 2113009029 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Safeway Kitchens Green Peas & Diced Carrots 12oz 2113009182 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Safeway Kitchens Mixed Vegetables 16oz 2113009153 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Safeway Kitchens Mixed Vegetables 32oz 2113009042 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Safeway Kitchens Red, Green and Yellow Pepper Strips 14oz 2113009100 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Safeway Kitchens Super Sweet Corn 12oz 2113009065 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Safeway Kitchens Whole Petite Green Beans 12oz 2113009005 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens      
Signature Kitchens Asparagus, Corn & Carrots Blend 12oz 2113009181 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Chopped Onion 12oz 2113009049 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Cut Green Beans 16oz 2113009151 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens French Cut Green Beans 16oz 2113009082 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Cut Green Beans 32oz 2113009083 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Crinkle Cut Carrots 16oz 2113009945 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Crinkle Cut Carrots 24oz 2113009945 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Edamame 48oz 2113009197 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Green Peas 16oz 2113009028 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Green Peas 32oz 2113009029 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Green Peas (NO SALT ADDED) 16oz 2113009031 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens      
Signature Kitchens Harvest Vegetable Blend 12oz 2113024259 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Lima Beans 16oz 2113009946 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Lima Beans 20oz 2113009946 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Mixed Vegetables (4-way) 16oz 2113009153 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Mixed Vegetables (4-way) 32oz 2113009042 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Mixed Vegetables (5-way) 12oz 2113024258 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Mixed Vegetables (5-way) 32oz 2113009042 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Peas & Carrots 12oz 2113009182 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Peas & Carrots 16oz 2113009154 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Peas & Carrots 32oz 2113009033 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Petite Green Peas 12oz 2113009030 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Petite Green Peas 16oz 2113024252 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Pepper Strips 14oz 2113009100 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Shelled Edamame 16oz 2113009092 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Stew Vegetables 16oz 2113009947 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Stir Fry Vegetable 16oz 2113009077 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Stir Fry Vegetable 32oz 2113009186 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Sugar Snap Peas 12oz 2113024260 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Sweet Corn 12oz 2113009065 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens      
Signature Kitchens White Sweet Corn 12oz 2113009035 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens White Sweet Corn 16oz 2113024254 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Whole Kernel Corn 16oz 2113009152 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Whole Kernel Corn 32oz 2113009021 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Whole Green Beans 16oz 2113024256 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Signature Kitchens Whole Green Beans 12oz 2113009005 Best Before: Oct 23 17 S3904 15:08
B Product of USA
Trader Joe’s      
Trader Joe’s Organic Broccoli Florettes 16oz 00542784 Lot 115 16 BF 22:58 C
Product of USA
Trader Joe’s Organic Foursome 16oz 00959902 Lot 115 16 BF 22:58 C
Product of USA
Trader Joe’s Organic Peas 16oz 00496636 Lot 115 16 BF 22:58 C
Product of USA
Trader Joe’s Petite Peas 16oz 00122689 Lot 115 16 BF 22:58 C
Product of USA
Trader Joe’s Organic Super Sweet Cut Corn 16oz 00299633 Lot 115 16 BF 22:58 C
Product of USA
Trader Joe’s Organic Whole Green Beans 16oz 00169219 Lot 115 16 BF 22:58 C
Product of USA
USDA      
USDA Cut Corn 30lb 103000404407 103000404407   08:26
USDA Cut Green Beans 30lb 203050004407 203050004407 08:27
USDA Green Peas 30lb 153000004407 153000004407  08:28
USDA Super Sweet Corn 30lb 103000404407 103000204407   08:29
VIP      
VIP Baby Lima Beans 16oz 7007701016 3756 107 16 08:27 A
USA/CANADA
VIP Cut Green Beans 32oz 7007701208 3756 107 16 08:27 A
USA/CANADA
VIP Green Peas 16oz 7007701064 3756 107 16 08:27 A
USA/CANADA
VIP Green Peas 32oz 7007701264 3756 107 16 08:27 A
USA/CANADA
VIP Mixed Vegetables 16oz 7007701076 3756 107 16 08:27 A
USA/CANADA
VIP      
VIP Mixed Vegetables 32oz 7007701276 3756 107 16 08:27 A
USA/CANADA
VIP Peas & Carrots 16oz 7007701068 3756 107 16 08:27 A
USA/CANADA
VIP Super Sweet Cut Corn 16oz 7007701048 3756 107 16 08:27 A
USA/CANADA
VIP Super Sweet Cut Corn 32oz 7007701248 3756 107 16 08:27 A
USA/CANADA
VIP Supreme Bean & Carrot Blend 14oz 7007705002 3756 107 16 08:27 A
USA/CANADA
VIP Supreme Fiesta Blend 14oz 7007705009 3756 107 16 08:27 A
USA/CANADA
VIP Supreme Garden Stir-Fry 14oz 7007705010 3756 107 16 08:27 A
USA/CANADA
VIP Supreme Healthy Garden Blend 14oz 7007705011 3756 107 16 08:27 A
USA/CANADA
VIP Supreme Stir-Fry Sensation 14oz 7007705027 3756 107 16 08:27 A
USA/CANADA
Wellsley Farms      
Wellsley Farms Organic Chopped Spinach 4lb 8867001013 Best By: 041218 103 16 23:01 B
Product of USA
746700001137
Wellsley Farms Organic Mixed Vegetables 4lb 8867000997 Best By: 041218 103 16 23:01 B
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556700001137
Wellsley Farms Organic Peas 12oz 8867000998 Best By: 041218 103 16 23:01 B
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888670009987
Wellsley Farms Organic Roasted Red Potato & Vegetable Medley 4lb 8867001014 Best By: 041218 103 16 23:01 B
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176700401137
Wellsley Farms Organic Sweet Corn 5lb 8867000999 Best By: 041218 103 16 23:01 B
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10190040113116:20
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JFDA Mix Vegetables 1kg 991438945321 Use By: 20160924
351900007731 16:20
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McCain      
McCain Green Peas 1kg 991438945116 Use By: 20160924
151900004489 16:20
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McCain Cut Corn 500g 99143894523 Use By: 20160924
 103400401189 16:20
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McCain Kernel Corn 1kg 991438945130 Use By: 20160924
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McCain Super Sweet Kernel Corn 1kg 991438945017 Use By: 20160924
101900201189 16:20
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McCain (NZ)      
McCain Peas (NZ) 500g 310174006014 10012017 04:56
153700001152 A
McCain Peas (NZ) 1kg 310174006021 10012017 04:56
151900001152 A
McCain YGC      
McCain YGC Green Peas 1kg 991438945376 Use By: 20160924
151900004432 16:20
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McCain YGC Mixed Vegetables 1kg 991438945383 Use By: 20160924
351900007732 16:20
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McCain YGC Super Sweet Kernel Corn 1kg 991438945369 Use By: 20160924
10190020113216:20
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Mity Fresh      
Mity Fresh Sweet Corn 1kg 7437331054 P: 01/2015
E: 06/2014
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Mountain Mist      
Mountain Mist Cut Corn 1kg 4635800056 Use By: 20150512
101900404438 16:20
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Mountain Mist Green Peas 1kg 4635800057 Use By: 20150512
151900007738 16:20
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Mountain Mist Super Sweet Corn 1kg 4635800056 Use By: 20150512
101900204438 16:20
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Mountain Mist Mixed Vegetables 1kg 4635800055 Use By: 20150512
351900007738 16:20
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Overhill Farms      
Overhill Farms 1-1/2″ Cut Green Beans 30lb 0931140 203017001168  08:29
Veggie Maria      
Veggie Maria Onion Cut 500g 543567006321 2016/01 20:55 B
103700201142  
Veggie Maria Super Sweet Corn 500g 543567006314 2016/01 20:55 B
283720001142  
Life Foods      
Life Foods Green Peas 1kg 903392007694 Use By: 20160924
151900007716 16:20
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Life Foods Kernel Corn 1kg 903392007670 Use By: 20160924
101900404416 16:20
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Life Foods Kernel Super Sweet  Corn 1kg 903392001579 Use By: 20160924
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Life Foods Mixed Vegetables 1kg 903392007687 Use By: 20160924
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Emerald Farms        
Emerald Farms Cut Corn 40oz 3765403671 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Sell By: 012515
15:15
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Emerald Farms Green Peas 40oz 3765403672 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Sell By: 012515
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Emerald Farms Peas and Carrots 40oz 3765403673 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Sell By: 012515
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15:15
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Endico

       
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15:15
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Endico

       
Endico Mixed Vegetables 40oz 0145916610 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Sell By: 012515
15:15
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Endico Peas and Carrots 40oz 0145916730 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Sell By: 012515
15:15
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Great Value        
Great Value Cut Green Beans 12oz 7874205333 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best If Used By:
042318
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Great Value Sweet Peas 12oz 7874205336 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best If Used By: 042318
A 23:02 Product of USA
Great Value Sweet Peas 26oz 7874210912 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best If Used By: 042318
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B 23:02 Product of USA
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Great Value Steamable Cut Green Beans 12oz 7874208363 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best If Used By: 042318
C 23:02 Product of USA
Great Value Steamable Mixed Vegetables 12oz 7874208026 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best If Used By: 042318
A 23:02 Product of USA
Great Value Steamable Sweet Corn 12oz 7874208024 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best If Used By: 042318
B 23:02 Product of USA
Great Value Steamable Sweet Peas 12oz 7874208369 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best If Used By: 042318
C 23:02 Product of USA
James Farm        
James Farm Cut Corn 32oz 6069501044 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA A
James Farm Cut Green Beans 32oz 6069501004 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA B
James Farm Garden Peas 32oz 6069501000 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA C
James Farm Mixed Vegetables 32oz 6069501542 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA D
James Farm Peas & Carrots 40oz 6069501001 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Sell By: 012515
15:15
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James Farm Whole Green Beans 32oz 6069501003 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA A
Kirkland Signature        
Kirkland Signature Organic Stir-Fry 4lb 9661910114 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best  By: 040918
15:15 B
USA/Holland/Ecuador
Certified Organic By WSDA
Price First        
Price First Corn 16oz 7874211030 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best If Used By: 042318
A 23:02 Product of USA
Price First Sweet Green Peas 16oz 7874211027 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best If Used By: 042318
E 23:02 Product of USA
Quirch        
Quirch Baby Lima Beans 14oz 6507260150 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA A
Quirch Baby Lima Beans 32oz 6507260149 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Sell By: 012515
15:15
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Quirch Corn 14oz 6507260136 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Sell By: 012515
15:15
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Quirch Corn 32oz 6507260135 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Sell By: 012515
15:15
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Quirch Mixed Vegetables 14oz 6507260130 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Sell By: 012515
15:15
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Quirch Mixed Vegetables 32oz 6507260129 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Sell By: 012515
15:15
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Quirch Peas & Carrots 16oz 6507260152 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Sell By: 012515
15:15
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Quirch Peas & Carrots 32oz 6507260151 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA B
Quirch Sweet Peas 14oz 6507260140 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA C
Quirch Sweet Peas 32oz 6507260139 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA D
Season’s Choice        
Season’s Choice Garden Fresh Sweet Peas 16oz 4149816429 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best Before: 032518 A
15:15
Product of USA
Season’s Choice Seamed Mixed Vegetables 12oz 4149820284 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best Before: 032518 B
15:15
Product of USA
Season’s Choice Super Sweet Whole Kernel Corn 16oz 4149816428 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best Before: 032518 A
15:15
Product of USA
Simply Nature        
Simply Nature Organic Mixed Vegetables 16oz 4149829655 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA D
Simply Nature Organic Sweet Corn 16oz 4149829656 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA E
True Goodness        
True Goodness Organic Broccoli Florets 10oz 1373343097 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best By: 042318
16:30 D
Product of USA
True Goodness Organic Chopped Spinach 10oz 1373343101 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best By: 042318
16:30 D
Product of USA
True Goodness Organic Cut Green Beans 10oz 1373343095 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best By: 042318
16:30 D
Product of USA
True Goodness Organic Mixed Vegetables 10oz 1373343096 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best By: 042318
16:30 D
Product of USA
True Goodness Organic Peas 10oz 1373343100 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best By: 042318
16:30 D
Product of USA
True Goodness Organic Peas & Shoestring Carrots 10oz 1373343104 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best By: 042318
16:30 D
Product of USA
True Goodness Organic Petite Green Peas 10oz 1373343099 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best By: 042318
16:30 D
Product of USA
True Goodness Organic White Sweet Corn 10oz 1373343098 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best By: 042318
16:30 D
Product of USA
Wild Oats        
Wild Oats Organic Broccoli Florets 10oz 4873700377 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best  By: 040918
15:15 A
Product of USA
Wild Oats Organic Broccoli & Cauliflower 10oz 4873700711 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best  By: 040918 
15:15 B
Product of USA
Wild Oats Organic Chopped Kale 10oz 4873700379 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best By: 040918 
15:15 C
Product of USA
Wild Oats Organic Chopped Spinach 10oz 4873700380 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best By: 040918 
15:15 D
Product of USA
Wild Oats Organic Cut Green Beans 12oz 4873700713 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best  By: 040918 
15:15 A
Product of USA
Wild Oats Organic Diced Butternut Squash 10oz 4873700710 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best  By: 040918 
15:15 B
Product of USA
Wild Oats Organic Diced Sweet Potatoes 10oz 4873700709 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best  By: 040918 
15:15 C
Product of USA
Wild Oats Organic Mixed Vegetables 12oz 4873700715 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best By: 040918 
15:15 D
Product of USA
Wild Oats Organic Sweet Corn 12oz 4873700714 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best  By: 040918 
15:15 A
Product of USA
Wild Oats Organic Sweet Peas 12oz 4873700712 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best  By: 040918 
15:15 B
Product of USA
Export          
Woolworths Homebrand Frozen Peas 1kg 300633968458 Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E) Best By: 042318
16:30 D
Product of USA

 

Listeria positive leads to frozen broccoli recall

Alimentos Congelados, S.A. (Pinula) is voluntarily recalling 1,800 cases of Frozen Broccoli Cuts because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

list.broccoliThe Frozen Broccoli Cuts were distributed to stores in the following states: Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina.

The affected Frozen Broccoli Cuts were distributed in poly bags under the following label and code: WYLWOOD Fresh Frozen Broccoli Cuts, NET WT. 16 OZ (1 LB), UPC 5193300110, with bag code: A25335P and A15335P

The company has not received any complaints in relation to this product and is not aware of any illnesses associated with the product to date.

The recall was the result of retail package of Frozen Broccoli Cuts being tested by the State of Ohio Department of Agriculture. The Frozen Broccoli Cuts had tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The company has ceased distribution of Frozen Broccoli Cuts, and is fully cooperating with regulatory agencies.

We only do fruit so we’re clean: How the berry hepatitis A scare inspired an Aussie farm business

I asked my grandfather, the asparagus baron, what crop he’d go into if he was starting out in 1980 rather than 1960.

FROZEN BERRIES RECALLRaspberries.

Same in Australia.

Rare and expensive.

I want to plant berry bushes around the townhome in Brisbane instad of some decorative plant.

I get voted down.

But spurred by the hepatitis A outbreak from frozen berries earlier this year, a Victorian small family farming business has launched a 100 percent Australian-grown frozen berries product.

Many consumers fell ill in February after consuming Nanna’s frozen berries grown in Chile and China and packaged in Chinese factories.

Matilda’s is the brainchild of husband and wife team Ruth and Matt Gallace, third generation strawberry farmers on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

Alarmed by the outbreak, they fronted $500,000 to construct a purpose-built facility in the Yarra Valley to wash and snap freeze strawberries from Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, which has been in the Gallace family for 50 years, and their 800 acres of land in Victoria and Queensland as well as raspberries and blueberries from NSW and Tasmania.

As their facility is dedicated purely to fruit products, the couple insist their frozen berries will be free from contamination.

Um, that’s not the way microbes work, especially hep A which is transferred from human poop to humans.

But good luck.

Seek and ye shall find: Salmonella in raw frozen chicken thingies

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is alerting consumers that frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products produced by Aspen Foods, a division of Koch Poultry Company, a Chicago, Ill. establishment have been confirmed as having the same Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak strain which was part of a July 15, 2015 recall.

aspen-foods-recallFollowing the July 15th recall, FSIS has been conducting intensified sampling at this establishment to ensure that the hazard responsible for the initial contamination has been controlled by Aspen Foods. Results from FSIS sampling revealed twelve positive results that match the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis to Aspen Foods products. Three illnesses were epidemiologically linked to the original recall on July 15, 2015. FSIS continues to work with public health partners including the Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on this ongoing investigation.

FSIS is concerned about all frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products produced by Aspen Foods between July 30, 2015 and September 17, 2015. The twelve positive samples collected during FSIS’ intensified sampling efforts alerted FSIS to a systemic problem at the establishment. FSIS cannot have confidence in the safety of any products produced after July 30, 2015. In addition to issuing this Alert, FSIS has directed its personnel to detain products covered by this Alert that they find in commerce because the company has refused to recall the products.

The frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken items may include the following brands and be labeled as “chicken cordon bleu,” “chicken Kiev” or “chicken broccoli and cheese” and bear the establishment number “P-1358” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were shipped to retail location and food service locations nationwide.

  • Acclaim
  • Antioch Farms
  • Buckley Farms
  • Centrella Signature
  • Chestnut Farms
  • Family Favorites
  • Kirkwood
  • Koch Foods
  • Market Day
  • Oven Cravers
  • Rose
  • Rosebud Farm
  • Roundy’s
  • Safeway Kitchens
  • Schwan’s
  • Shaner’s
  • Spartan
  • Sysco

These products were labeled with instructions identifying that the product was uncooked (raw) and included cooking instructions for preparation. As stated in the July 15, 2015 Recall Release, some case-patients reported following the cooking instructions on the label and using a food thermometer to confirm that the recommended temperature was achieved. Therefore, FSIS advises consumers not to eat these products. Special attention should be paid by the food service industry and food handlers. Using a food thermometer to properly cook these products will not protect the health of the consuming public.

More raw frozen chicken thingies recalled

Aspen Foods, A Division of Koch Poultry Company, a Chicago, Ill. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,978,680 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken product that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

UnknownThe frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken items were produced between April 15, 2015 and July 10, 2015 with “best if used by” dates between July 14, 2016 and October 10, 2016. To view a full list of recalled products, please click here (XLS).

The product subject to recall bears the establishment number “P-1358” inside the USDA mark of inspection. This product was shipped to retail stores and food service locations nationwide.

FSIS was notified of a cluster of Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses on June 23, 2015. Working in conjunction with Minnesota State Departments of Health and Agriculture, FSIS determined that there is a link between the frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products from Aspen Foods and this illness cluster. Based on epidemiological evidence and traceback investigations, three case-patients have been identified in Minnesota with illness onset dates ranging from May 9, 2015 to June 8, 2015. FSIS continues to work with the Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on this investigation.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the organism. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers. Although the product subject to recall may appear to be cooked, this product is in fact uncooked (raw) and should be handled carefully to avoid cross-contamination in the kitchen. Particular attention needs to be paid to safely prepare and cook these raw poultry products to a temperature of 165° F checking at the center, the thickest part and the surface of the product.

This frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken product was labeled with instructions identifying that the product was raw and included cooking instructions for preparation. Some case-patients reported following the cooking instructions on the label and using a food thermometer to confirm that the recommended temperature was achieved. Therefore, FSIS advises all consumers to treat this product like a raw chicken product. Hands and any surfaces, including surfaces that may have breading dislodged from the product, should be cleaned after contact with this raw product. Also, keep raw poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use one cutting board for raw poultry and a separate one for fresh produce and cooked foods.

 

Beware those berries: Three simultaneous, foodborne, multi-country outbreaks of hepatitis A in 2013

I love the berries fresh, so I moved to a sub-tropical climate where we have a steady supply.

I love the berries frozen, because of convenience and continual availability.

Frankenface.berryBut there’s been a lot of outbreaks on berries of late – on the frozen kind. Many of the frozen kind are originating in areas like Egypt and shipped around the world.

Many countries in the European Union advise cooking frozen berries to reduce the risk of Hepatitis A.

Where’s the smoothie fun in that?

According to Gossner and Severi, writing in Eurosurveillance, between March and May 2013, three multi-country outbreaks of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection were reported through the Epidemic Intelligence Information System for Food- and Water-borne diseases (EPIS-FWD) of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

The aim of this work is to put these outbreaks into a European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) perspective and highlight opportunities for improving detection and investigation of such outbreaks. Although HAV outbreaks are not unusual in the EU/EEA, having three large food-borne multi-country outbreaks declared within three months is an unexpected event, particularly when at least two of these outbreaks are associated with frozen berries. Factors influencing the occurrence of these events include the increased number of susceptible Europeans, the limited coverage of HAV vaccination, the global trade of potentially contaminated products introduced in the EU/EEA, and the ‘awareness chain effect’ leading to a wave of notifications. Further studies should be conducted to understand the risk posed by frozen berries.

Laboratory capacity and surveillance of viral infections in the EU/EEA, as well as HAV vaccination recommendations to travellers to endemic countries should be strengthened. Finally, timely reporting food-borne events through EPIS-FWD, to ensure timely response.

Eurosurveillance, Volume 19, Issue 43, 30 October 2014

Gossner CM, Severi E.

http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=20941

And so it goes: at least 6 sick from Salmonella in frozen chicken thingies in Minn

State health and agriculture officials said today that six recent cases of salmonellosis in Minnesota have been linked to raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken entrees. The implicated product is Antioch Farms brand A La Kiev raw stuffed chicken breast with a U.S. Department of Agriculture stamped cFunkyChickenHiode of P-1358. This product is sold at many different grocery store chains. Investigators from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) determined that six cases of Salmonella infection from August and September 2014 were due to the same strain of Salmonella Enteritidis. One person was hospitalized for their illness. “Our DNA fingerprinting found that the individuals were sickened by the same strain of Salmonella,” said Dr. Carlota Medus, epidemiologist for the Foodborne Diseases Unit at MDH. “The Minnesota Department of Agriculture collected samples of the same type of product from grocery stores and the outbreak strain of Salmonella was found in packages of this product.” There have been six outbreaks of salmonellosis in Minnesota linked to these types of products from 1998 through 2008. This is the first outbreak since improvements were made in 2008 to the labeling of these products. The current labels clearly state that the product is raw.  Salmonella is sometimes present in raw chicken, which is why it is important for consumers to follow safe food-handling practices. This includes cooking all raw poultry products to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. “The problem arises when consumers don’t realize that they are handling and preparing a raw product,” according to Dr. Carrie Rigdon, an investigator for the MDA Dairy and Food Inspection Division. MDA and MDH officials advised that consumers with these products in their freezers, if they choose to use them, should cook them thoroughly. Other important food handling practices include hand washing before and after handling raw meat, keeping raw and cooked foods separate to avoid cross-contamination, and placing cooked meat on a clean plate or platter before serving. Consumers can find more information about safe food-handling practices on the MDH website at: www.health.state.mn.us/foodsafety. Symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramps and fever. Symptoms usually begin within 12 to 72 hours after exposure, but can begin up to a week after exposure. Salmonella infections usually resolve in 5 to 7 days, but approximately 20 percent of cases require hospitalization. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can lead to death, particularly in the elderly or those with weakened immune systems.

Direct video observation of adults and tweens cooking raw frozen chicken thingies 01.nov.09
 British Food Journal, Vol 111, Issue 9, p 915-929 
Sarah DeDonder, Casey J. Jacob, Brae V. Surgeoner, Benjamin Chapman, Randall Phebus, Douglas A. Powell
 http://www.emeraldinsight.com/Insight/viewContentItem.do;jsessionid=6146E6AFABCC349C376B7E55A3866D4A?contentType=Article&contentId=1811820
 Abstract:
 Purpose – The purpose of the present study was to observe the preparation practices of both adult and young consumers using frozen, uncooked, breaded chicken products, which were previously involved in outbreaks linked to consumer mishandling. The study also sought to observe behaviors of adolescents as home food preparers. Finally, the study aimed to compare food handler behaviors with those prescribed on product labels.
 Design/methodology/approach – The study sought, through video observation and self-report surveys, to determine if differences exist between consumers’ intent and actual behavior. chicken.thingies.raw.cook
Findings – A survey study of consumer reactions to safe food-handling labels on raw meat and poultry products suggested that instructions for safe handling found on labels had only limited influence on consumer practices. The labels studied by these researchers were found on the packaging of chicken products examined in the current study alongside step-by-step cooking instructions. Observational techniques, as mentioned above, provide a different perception of consumer behaviors. 
Originality/value – This paper finds areas that have not been studied in previous observational research and is an excellent addition to existing literature.

Can chlorine dioxide improve the microbiological safety of frozen blueberries?

Blueberries are prone to microbial contamination, with growth of bacteria, yeasts and molds during bulk freezing negatively impacting quality and marketability. As a follow-up to our previous work, the combined impact of ClO2 gassing and freezing rate on the microbiological quality of frozen blueberries was examined.

blueberry.lugSixteen lugs of blueberries (∼9.1 kg/lug) were stacked inside a large plastic container at a commercial blueberry processing facility. In each of four trials, one container was exposed to ClO2 gas (4 ppm) using three 3-kg sachets while one ungassed container remained untarped. Before and after commercial processing, 50-g samples of gassed and ungassed blueberries were quantitatively examined for mesophilic aerobic bacteria (MAB), yeasts, and molds. After processing, additional 50-g samples were placed in a −20 °C freezer under different conditions where the berries reached a temperature of −3 °C after 3 h (quick-frozen), 2 days (intermediate-frozen) and 5 days (slow-frozen). Fruit was sampled periodically during 6 months of frozen storage at −20 °C. MAB yeast and mold populations decreased ∼2 and 1 log CFU/g, respectively, in ClO2-gassed and ungassed fruit, with MAB, yeast and mold populations increasing ∼1 log CFU/g during quick freezing to −3 °C and ∼2 log CFU/g during intermediate and slow freezing to −3 °C. Based on these findings, ClO2 gassing followed by quick freezing provides an effective means for meeting the current microbiological standards being imposed by buyers of frozen blueberries.

 Efficacy of chlorine dioxide gas and freezing rate on the microbiological quality of frozen blueberries

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Lei Zhang, Zhinong Yan, Eric J. Hanson, Elliot T. Ryser

Food Control, Volume 47, January 2015, Pages 114–119, DOI: 10.1016/j.foodcont.2014.06.008

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0956713514003375