Whether it is on a weekly, bi-monthly or monthly basis, residents in Montana and elsewhere will purchase food and consumer goods at local and chain grocery stores. While consumers are likely to look over their perishable goods to ensure they look good and are safe to eat, most consumers do not think to consider the possible adverse effects they could have from a non-perishable item that is pre-packaged. Nonetheless, if manufacturing errors occur, a dangerous product could enter the market, putting the health and safety of consumers at risk.

Based on current reports, CRF Frozen Foods, a Washington company, recently recalled its frozen vegetables that are sold in the United States and Canada due to a possible listeria contamination. After being informed of possible contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned the general public of the health issues this could pose to consumers if ingested.

The recall occurred after Ohio state health officials discovered an organism in one lot of peas and another of white sweet cut corn. After uncovering the listeria contamination, recalls were initiated in the 35 states these vegetables are distributed to as well as the providences they are shipped to in Canada.

Because listeria can be potentially fatal to young children and the elderly people it infects, CRF Frozen Foods decided to take voluntary precaution. While there have been no listeria infections connected with this company as of now, it is still possible that not all contaminated products have been removed from the market.

Because of that, if a consumer suffers as a result of a contaminated product, he or she might have recourses available to them. Although a product recall seeks to protect consumers from harm from a potentially dangerous product, if a recall is not properly initiated and carried out this could generate much harm to an unsuspecting consumer.

Source: Wtvr.com, “Frozen vegetable recall: Possibly-tainted products sent to 35 states, Canada,” April 25, 2016