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Check your frozen fruits and vegetables—a huge recall was just announced


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Here’s some scary news that could affect everything from your morning smoothie to your evening stir fry: A huge recall of frozen fruits and vegetables has been issued over a listeria outbreak.

CRF Frozen Foods is voluntarily recalling products it produces for 42 different brands, including Trader Joe’s, Earth’s Pride, and Signature Kitchen, the New York Times reports. The recall comes after lab evidence identified CRF’s processing plant in Washington state as the cause of an outbreak of listeria, which has so far affected eight people in the U.S.

You can see a full list of all the brands and types of products being recalled here—and all of the recalled food has an expiration date between April 26, 2016, and April 26, 2018.

Listeria is an infection that hits people with weakened immune systems the hardest, including babies, pregnant women, and the elderly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms include a stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, fever, and muscle aches. All the symptoms are short-term and there are no long lingering affects, although for pregnant women, listeria can result in miscarriages or stillborns, the CDC says. The first listeria case in this recall was in 2013, and all eight of those who became ill were between the ages of 56 and 86.

So how exactly did this happen? While officials can’t say for sure, the New York Times reports that the Food and Drug Administration sent inspectors to the plant last month, and they found some problems, including bits of plastic and equipment that came into contact with the food. Excuse us while we check our freezer real quick…

Plastic might be affecting more than your frozen foods—it could also be in your fish. Ready for some good news? Check out a mockup for the newly FDA-approved nutrition labels that are forcing food and beverage companies to get real honest about what they’re selling.

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