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CRF Expands Frozen Food Recall as Listeria Illness and Death Risk Spreads

CRF is a company that is based in Washington and is in the business of supplying frozen food products to consumers. While frozen food is typically safe to serve and consume, there are certain factors that can make frozen foods unsafe and significantly increase the risk of foodborne illness. Food poisoning and foodborne illnesses often resolve on their own, but in some cases, the bacteria, virus, or toxin may cause life-altering consequences.

Unfortunately, a recent outbreak of foodborne illnesses has been traced back to a particular supplier of frozen foods. The foods provided by CRF are known to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria can be an extremely serious disease and cause severe illness or even death. If you or a loved one have suffered from a severe illness due to contaminated frozen food products, a strategic and aggressive Philadelphia wrongful death lawyer of The Reiff Law Firm may be able to fight for you.

What is Listeria?

Listeria is a bacteria that can cause a serious and potentially life-threatening infection. While Listeria can infect an individual regardless of their age or health, certain individuals are more likely to experience severe negative consequences from the infection. Elderly individuals, adults with compromised immune systems, newborns, and pregnant women are most susceptible to the disease and most likely to suffer severe consequences.

Typically, people who have been infected with listeria report a fever and moderate to severe muscle aches. They may also report gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea. Most diagnosable cases of listeria involve infections that are “invasive.” An invasive infection exists when the listeria bacteria has spread beyond the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, symptoms can also include a headache, muscle stiffness, loss of balance, confusion, and other symptoms. Pregnant women can also experience fatigue and aches. The unborn baby may also be affected by the bacteria and infection, stillbirth, miscarriage, premature delivery, and other consequences can occur. In elderly and immunocompromised individuals, septicemia and meningitis are more common.

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What Frozen Foods Products Are Covered by the Expanded Recall?

This is an expanded recall that affects a significant amount of frozen food products. The expanded recall includes all “frozen organic and traditional fruit and vegetable products manufactured or processed in CRF Frozen Foods’ Pasco facility since May 1, 2014.” This includes all affected products that are marked with a best or sell-by date between April 26, 2016, and April 26, 2018. Thus, this recall affects products produced over an extremely expansive period of time.

Aside from the lengthy duration of time where affected products were produced, the product recall also affects a broad array of items. 358 consumer products produced under 42 separate brands are affected by the recall. This includes many vegetable and fruit products including broccoli, butternut squash, corn, beans, kale, leeks, onions, peas, potatoes, spinach, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, peaches, and many other items. Affected brands and products include:

  • Bybee Foods
  • Columbia River Organics
  • Northwest Growers Select
  • Organic by Nature
  • H. Belt’s Worlds Finest
  • Chef Maxwell
  • Correct Choice
  • Earth’s Pride
  • Emerald Farms
  • Endico
  • Farmer’s Bounty
  • Fiesta Mart
  • Great Value
  • The Inn
  • James Farm
  • JFDA
  • Kirkland Signature
  • Live Smart
  • Life Foods
  • McCain
  • Mity
  • Parade
  • Organics
  • Overhill Farms
  • Panda Express
  • Pantry Essentials
  • Price First
  • Quirch
  • Safeway Kitchens
  • Season’s Choice
  • Simply Nature
  • Signature Kitchens
  • Trader Joe’s
  • True Goodness
  • USDA
  • Veggie Maria
  • VIP
  • Wellsley Farm
  • Wild Oats Organic
  • Woolworths Homebrand

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Working with the CDC, CRF has halted operations at the affected facility. However, the halting of production did not occur until nearly two years after the May 2014 onset date. Likewise, the company has notified retailers regarding the potentially contaminated product.  Despite these steps, at least seven people from three states have been hospitalized due to a listeria infection stemming from consuming these products. Two of the individuals hospitalized later passed away, however, the company claims that their deaths were not due to the listeria infection. The exact cause of death in these individuals is unclear.

Injured by or Loved One Killed Due to Contaminated Frozen Food?

If you or a loved one have suffered a severe illness due to contaminated frozen food products, a Pennsylvania product liability lawyer of The Reiff Law Firm may be able to fight for you. Likewise, if a loved one has passed away due to listeria in frozen food products we may be able to fight for you. To schedule a free and confidential legal consultation call the lawyers of The Reiff Law Firm at (215) 246-9000 or contact us online today.

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