A frozen vegetable recall has now expanded to every state after an outbreak of listeria, the FDA announced.
What was once just 15 frozen vegetable items, including one product sold by Minnesota-based food company Schwan's, has now been expanded to 358 products under 42 separate brands.
According to a CRF Frozen Foods news release, the affected items now include includes 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, and various vegetable medleys, blends, and stir fry packages, as well as blueberries, cherries, cranberries, peaches, raspberries and strawberries.
The CDC reports that eight people infected with the outbreak strains of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from California, Maryland and Washington – but CRF Frozen Foods sells to nationwide retailers including Trader Joe’s and Costco.
The FDA has a full list of possibly contaminated items, which have "best buy” dates between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018.
What is listeria?
Listeria is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young kids, the elderly or people with weakened immune systems, and it can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Those who are healthy may only suffer short-term symptoms, including high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.