Listeria-Related CRF Frozen Food Recall Expands to Ajinomoto

Sixty-eight products are affected by the voluntary recall, prompted by a listeria outbreak

More products are being taken from the shelves as part of the expanding CRF frozen food recall over possible listeria contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Among the latest round of recalled products are packages of Trader Joe's chicken and vegetable fried rice, Tai Pei fried rice products, Ajinomoto chicken fried rices and more, the FDA announced Saturday. No illnesses have been reported to Ajinomoto Windsor, Inc., the company that issued the voluntary recall. 

"We urge you to discard the product or return it to any Trader Joe's for a full refund," Trader Joe's wrote in an announcement Monday.

Vegetables in the packages recalled Saturday (full list here) are connected to a larger CRF Frozen Foods recall, the FDA said. 

Last week, CRF expanded its voluntary recall of frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables after several people became sick with listeria infections.

Eight people have been sickened by the strain of listeria since Sept. 13, 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week. Two of those people died, though listeria infection was not listed as the cause of death in either case. 

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious, occasionally fatal infections in the very young and old or frail, as well as people with weakened immune systems, according to the FDA.

The initial recall issued on April 23 included 15 frozen vegetable items, but the expanded recall covered 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands, including Trader Joe's, Emerald Farms, Safeway Kitchens and Parade. Saturday's Ajinomoto recall adds 68 products.

Consumers with questions should call the Consumer Affairs Hotline at (855) 742-5011, open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT, Monday through Sunday.

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