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47 Million Pounds Of Meat And Poultry Products Caught In Big Veggie Recall

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This is one of dozens of meat and poultry products recalled because they contain vegetables from CRF Frozen Foods, which recalled products because they were linked to a multi-state listeriosos outbreak. (Food Safety News)

Another recall, this time for more than 47 million pounds of meat and poultry products, was announced Wednesday in connection with the CRF Frozen Foods recall linked to a multi-state Listeria outbreak

With establishments in Los Angeles, Fort Worth, TX, Carthage, MO, and Portland, OR, Ajinomoto Windsor Inc. is recalling 47,112,256 pounds of not-ready-to-eat meat and poultry products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The heat-treated, not fully cooked, not shelf stable meat and poultry items were produced on various dates between May 1, 2014, and May 1 this year.

The problem was discovered when Ajinomoto Windsor Inc. was notified by CRF Frozen Foods that its frozen vegetables, which are used in Ajinomoto Windsor’s products were involved in a recall. CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, WA, voluntarily recalled frozen fruit and vegetable items due to an illness outbreak of listeriosis. There have been no confirmed reports of illness or adverse reactions due to consumption of Ajinomoto Windsor Inc.’s products.

The CRF Frozen Foods’ recall is posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

See the list of products subject to recall HERE

By NEWS DESKFood Safety News,  excerpt posted SouthFloridaReporter.com May 12, 2016