Organic by Nature brand frozen Organic Butternut Squash and Organic Vegetable Medley recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

Starting date:
May 3, 2016
Type of communication:
Alert sub-type:
Updated Food Recall Warning
Microbiological - Listeria
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Source of recall:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Recalling firm:
Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan
Extent of the product distribution:
CFIA reference number:

Advisory details

Ottawa, May 3, 2016 - The food recall warning issued on April 23, 2016 has been updated to include additional product information.

Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. is recalling Organic by Nature brand frozen Organic Butternut Squash and Organic Vegetable Medley from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

The following products have been sold by Costco warehouse locations in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

If you suspect you have become ill from eating a recalled product, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recommends contacting your doctor.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

Who is affected

There have been no reported illnesses in Canada associated with the consumption of these products, however, there have been reported illnesses in the United States linked to consuming products manufactured or processed by the same manufacturer, CRF Frozen Foods.


This recall was triggered by a recall in another country. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.

Affected products

Affected products
Brand name Common name Size Code(s) on product UPC
organic by nature Organic Butternut Squash (frozen) 2 kg Best by dates:
From 04.26.16 to 04.26.18, inclusively
8 46358 00067 1
organic by nature Organic Vegetable Medley (frozen) 2.5 kg Best by dates:
From 04.26.16 to 04.26.18, inclusively
8 46358 00062 6


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For more information

  • CRF Frozen Foods at 1-844-551-5595 (Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time)
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