Trader Joe's is among the brands being affected by CRF Frozen Foods' nationwide recall on frozen fruits and veggies due to possible listeria contamination. The recall, which affects more than 350 products sold under 42 separate brands, comes after seven people from three states became ill and were hospitalized. The US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working with CRF Frozen Foods to recall all of the frozen organic and nonorganic fruit and vegetable products manufactured or processed in the company's Pasco, WA, facility since May 1, 2014. All of the affected products have the best-by dates or sell-by dates between April 26, 2016, and April 26, 2018.
According to Trader Joe's website, the affected packages have the code "BF" (e.g. 115 16 BF 22:58 C PRODUCT OF USA) and should be tossed out. The list includes the following:
- 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)
Consumers should check their fridges for these items and discard or return them to the nearest Trader Joe's for a refund. This news comes on the heels of Costco's recall over frozen berries and vegetables. The full list of recalled products — which includes organic and nonorganic broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, corn, edamame, green beans, kale, and more — can be found here.