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Another frozen food recall: How to make sure your food is safe

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News of another significant frozen vegetable recall in the past few days has generated a lot of interest online as consumers try to figure out whether their freezers contain tainted products that could make their families sick.

National Frozen Foods Corp. voluntarily recalled frozen peas and mixed vegetables sold at Wal-Mart and Target. The full list of items is below.

Last month, there was a widespread recall of Washington-based CRF Frozen Foods fruits and vegetables shipped to all 50 states and sold under more than 40 brand names at Kroger, Costco, Target, Trader Joe’s and Safeway. The CRF recall started April 22 and affected 11 frozen vegetable products, and then it was expanded in May.

Have you heard about the dozens of other food recalls since the early part of the year? How about corrections to earlier recalls?

How can you protect yourself and your family? Here are some links. Feel free to offer more in the comments.

Frozen foods pose a particular problem in that the products are bought and stored by consumers for extended periods. Stores also can stock the products for extended periods. In contrast, recalls of salads or other products with short shelf lives aren’t as likely to cause problems.

Listeria prompted several recent recalls, including those from CRF and National Frozen Foods. An infection caused by Listeria monocytogenes can cause high fever, diarrhea, muscle aches and other gastrointestinal problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The infection can spread to the blood or central nervous system, causing meningitis.

The FDA and CDC can now identify the genetic makeups of salmonella, listeria and E. coli, which makes it possible to link bacteria in food to sickened people and to the places where the food is created and packaged.

Some food recalls are voluntary, prompted by a company’s own testing. Others occur after outbreaks of illnesses. Some food is voluntarily recalled after the product is found to have unlabeled ingredients that could trigger peanut or milk allergies, for example.

Details on the National Frozen Foods recall:

Bountiful Harvest Green Peas

40 oz.

22486 11904

6E11B1N

Bountiful Harvest Green Peas

40 oz.

22486 11904

6E11C1N

Bountiful Harvest Green Peas

40 oz.

22486 11904

6E11D1N

Bountiful Harvest Green Peas

40 oz.

22486 11904

6E11E1N

First Street Green Peas

12 oz.

41512 12134

BEST BY OCT 28 17

First Street Green Peas

40 oz.

41512 08202

BEST BY JUN 02 17

First Street Green Peas

40 oz.

41512 08202

BEST BY NOV 11 17

Great Value Mixed Vegetables

12 oz.

78742 05334

BEST IF USED BY 07 06 17

Great Value Mixed Vegetables

12 oz.

78742 05334

BEST IF USED BY 07 20 17

Great Value Mixed Vegetables

12 oz.

78742 05334

BEST IF USED BY 07 27 17

Great Value Mixed Vegetables

12 oz.

78742 05334

BEST IF USED BY 10 25 17

Great Value Mixed Vegetables

12 oz.

78742 05334

BEST IF USED BY 10 26 17

Great Value Mixed Vegetables

26 oz.

78742 10907

BEST IF USED BY 07 18 17

Great Value Mixed Vegetables

26 oz.

78742 10907

BEST IF USED BY 10 07 17

Great Value Mixed Vegetables

26 oz.

78742 10907

BEST IF USED BY 10 26 17

Great Value Mixed Vegetables

26 oz.

78742 10907

BEST IF USED BY 11 03 17

Great Value Mixed Vegetables

26 oz.

78742 10907

BEST IF USED BY 11 11 17

Great Value Mixed Vegetables

26 oz.

78742 10907

BEST IF USED BY 11 10 17

Great Value Steamable Mixed Vegetables

12 oz.

78742 08026

BEST IF USED BY 10 09 17

Great Value Sweet Peas

12 oz.

78742 05336

BEST BY 03 02 17

Great Value Sweet Peas

12 oz.

78742 05336

BEST IF USED BY 08 06 17

Great Value Sweet Peas

12 oz.

78742 05336

BEST IF USED BY 10 14 17

Great Value Sweet Peas

12 oz.

78742 05336

BEST IF USED BY 10 21 17

Great Value Sweet Peas

12 oz.

78742 05336

BEST IF USED BY 10 20 17

Great Value Sweet Peas

12 oz.

78742 05336

BEST IF USED BY 11 02 17

Great Value Sweet Peas

12 oz.

78742 05336

BEST IF USED BY 11 03 17

Great Value Sweet Peas

12 oz.

78742 05336

BEST IF USED BY 11 04 17

Great Value Sweet Peas

26 oz.

78742 10912

BEST IF USED BY 10 14 17

Great Value Sweet Peas

26 oz.

78742 10912

BEST IF USED BY 11 04 17

Great Value Sweet Peas

26 oz.

78742 10912

BEST IF USED BY 11 15 17

Live Smart Mixed Vegetables

32 oz.

603539

NY6076C3N

Live Smart Mixed Vegetables

32 oz.

603539

NY6076D3N

Live Smart Mixed Vegetables

32 oz.

603539

NY6076E3N

Live Smart Mixed Vegetables

32 oz.

603539

NY6076F3N

Live Smart Mixed Vegetables

32 oz.

603539

NY6076G3N

Live Smart Mixed Vegetables

32 oz.

603539

NY6076H3N

Live Smart Mixed Vegetables

32 oz.

603539

NY6076J3N

Live Smart Mixed Vegetables

32 oz.

603539

NY6076K3N

Live Smart Mixed Vegetables

32 oz.

603539

NY6076L3N

Market Pantry Mixed Vegetables

32 oz.

85239 00547

Best by 03 AUG2017

Market Pantry Mixed Vegetables

32 oz.

85239 00547

Best by 04 AUG2017

Market Pantry Steam-In-Bag Mixed Vegetables

12 oz.

85239 00494

Best by 12 MAR2017

Market Pantry Sweet Peas

32 oz.

85239 00549

Best by 04 JUL2017

Market Pantry Sweet Peas

32 oz.

85239 00549

Best by 17 SEP2017

Sprouts Farmers Market Mixed Vegetables

16 oz.

74875 00983

USE BY 08 02 18 6B08G3N

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