The National Frozen Food Corporation has issued a voluntary recall of frozen peas and mixed vegetables due to possible contamination with listeria bacteria. According to a CNN news report, frozen mixed vegetables and peas packaged by Bountiful Harvest, First Street, Great Value, Live Smart, Market Pantry and Sprout between the dates of September 2 and June 2 are included in the recall. Product tests by the company show potential contamination. You can view the complete list of recalled items on U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) website (fda.gov).
Details of the National Frozen Food Recall
Green Cuisine, which is supplied by National Frozen Food, is also recalling its pesto pasta salad with arugula due to potential listeria contamination. This recalled product was sold in Southern California, Nevada and Arizona Whole Foods Market locations between June 15 and 16. We’re likely to see additional recalls as more companies identify that they’ve used recalled frozen vegetables in their products.
In May, CRF Frozen Foods recalled all of its frozen vegetable and fruit products after a listeria outbreak was linked to the company’s products. So far, there haven’t been any reports of illnesses related to the consumption of these most recently recalled items. The FDA is warning people not to consume these products. Consumers can return them for a full refund.
Symptoms and Dangers of Listeria
Listeria infections primarily affect the elderly, children, pregnant women and those who suffer from weakened immune systems. Some of the symptoms of an infection include fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea. Infection could spread into areas of the gastrointestinal tract and the nervous systems. Some infections can even cause death. In pregnant women, listeria infections have caused stillbirths or even miscarriages. Listeria is usually treatable with antibiotics.
If You Have Been Affected
If you or a loved one has been sickened by these or other food products, it is important that you get prompt medical attention, treatment and care. Isolate and preserve the food that sickened you so it can be independently tested in a laboratory for pathogens. Report your illness to your local health care agency, which tracks these types of outbreaks. This also helps create a record of your illness and link it to other people who became sick from eating the same food products. Contact an experienced California food poisoning lawyer who may be able to help you seek and obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other losses you have sustained.