Costco and Trader Joe's recently issued a large recall of some of their products in two separate cases of listeria contamination. Costco's affected products include frozen vegetables and fruits that were linked to listeria cases in California. This bacteria was traced to the CRF Frozen Food plant in Wasco, Washington that produced and distributed multiple frozen food products and brands to Costco. The listeria bacteria thrive in damp, cold environments and can grow in some foods that are refrigerated. Costco is advising customers to throw the products away or return for a full refund.
Trader Joe's recall affected its "Trader Joe's Broccoli Slaw and Kale Salad with White Chicken Meat" product in seven stores in the Sacramento, CA area. It was discovered that sunflowers in the product may be contaminated with listeria and these sunflowers were sourced from SunOpta, a Canadian specialty food company. Trader Joe's is also requesting customers return the product for a refund.