Listeria outbreak causes 40-brand recall

Frozen foods from a variety of brands have been recalled in Washington after eight people were hospitalized. Here’s how reps responded.

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A massive recall of frozen foods is causing confusion for consumers.

Eight people have contracted listeria from eating vegetables that were produced by CRF Frozen Foods in Pasco, Washington since 2013, and each of the cases caused the patients to be hospitalized. A total of 42 brands have been recalled, including Earth’s Pride, Panda Express, Signature Kitchens and Trader Joe’s.

The recall includes more than 400 frozen food products (mostly fruits and vegetables) sold in every U.S. state and Canada. The CDC was unable to determine the exact number of spoiled packages.

“Unquestionably, this is a lot of product. … It reflects the severity of listeria as an illness, the long duration of illnesses and the outbreak and the long shelf life of the products,” a CDC spokesman told CBS News. FLASH SALE: Save $300 on the Health Care PR & Communications Summit through Tuesday 5/24.

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