Massive frozen food recall affects over 400 products from many stores

DES MOINES, Iowa – Amid a massive frozen foods recall involving millions of packages of fruits and vegetables that were shipped to all 50 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico, authorities who want to stem the listeria-linked illnesses and deaths worry it’ll be difficult to get consumers to dig through their freezers and check for products they may have bought as far back as 2014.

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It’s one of the largest food recalls in recent memory, with well over 400 products from CRF Frozen Foods in Pasco, Washington, sold under more than 40 different brand names at major retailers like Costco, Target, Trader Joe’s and Safeway. So far, eight people have been sickened by listeria that’s genetically similar to that found in CRF vegetables, and two have died, though listeria was not the primary cause of death.

“Unquestionably, this is a lot of product. … It reflects the severity of listeria as an illness, the long duration of illnesses and the outbreak and the long shelf life of the products,” said Matthew Wise, who leads the outbreak response team at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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“Disclaimer: This is for informational purposes only. Please consult the full list of recalled food items at the bottom of the article”

The initial recall started April 22, covering 11 frozen vegetable products. On May 2, CRF expanded it to include all of its frozen organic and traditional fruit and vegetable products manufactured or processed at its Washington plant since May 1, 2014. Thanks to recently developed whole-genome sequencing of food-contaminating bacteria, the Food and Drug Administration and CDC found that the listeria bacteria found in the blood of a person sickened in 2013 is genetically similar to the listeria tied to the recall.

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“The idea is that it’s possible that it could be linked to this plant as far back as that because of the match. As a result the company, working with the FDA, decided to do the recall that far back,” CRF spokesman Gene Grabowski said.

The CRF plant closed two weeks ago and Grabowski said the company is still trying to pinpoint the source of the contamination.

Wise said his concern is that consumers check the online recall lists discard the products from of their freezers. “Listeriosis always makes us worry because it’s such a serious infection,” he said. The CDC says listeria is most harmful to adults over 65 with weakened immune systems and pregnant women.

Products were both packaged for sale as individual products and repackaged by places like Piggly Wiggly, Kroger and ConAgra foods as ingredients in a host of other store-brand and private-label products for stores like Trader Joe’s and Costco.

READ MORE: Costco issues food recall on chicken and fried-rice product

Also, retailers including Target and regional distributors such as Midwest grocery chain Hy-Vee Foods have recently recalled products made by Tokyo-based Ajinomoto Windsor due to the company recalling 70 of its Asian variety products that contain CRF vegetables – about 47 million pounds worth – some of which were also sold in Canada and Mexico.

The FDA and CDC have developed a system to track the genetic makeup of salmonella, listeria and E.coli. Once a food-related illness outbreak is identified, scientists can match the DNA from contaminated food with the bacteria making people sick and potentially trace it to the originating food processing plant.

In this outbreak, of those eight who were sick, six were in California. The two people who died were from Maryland and Washington.

Authorities say it’s unclear why there are not more illnesses from listeria. Wise said that the levels of listeria contamination might not be high or may be uneven in the packaged vegetables. Also, the vegetables in the recall are typically cooked before they’re eaten, which would kill the bacteria.

The CDC continues to monitor state illness reports for any sign of additional cases, Wise said.

Listeria causes an estimated 1,600 cases illnesses each year in the U.S., but just half are reported. About 18 per cent of listeriosis patients die.

FDA spokeswoman Lauren Sucher said it’s important to follow label directions for cooking frozen foods and to check freezers thoroughly for the products listed on the FDA website.

FULL LIST: Over 400 products affected by the frozen food recall

Brand

Container
Size

UPC

Bybee’s

Bybee’s Big House Blend

30lb

AZ#85

Bybee Foods Organic California Broccoli Florets

4lb

4635800050

Bybee’s Best 1″ Cut Green Beans

20lb

4635800012

Bybee Foods Cut Green Beans

50lb

205050004485CR

Bybee Foods Organic Petite Whole Green Beans

5lb

5711000146

Bybee’s Best Whole Green Beans

15lb

4635800018

Bybee’s Best Cut Corn

20lb

4635800010

Bybee’s Best Cut Corn

55lb

45720025

Bybee Foods Cut Corn

50lb

132

Bybee Foods Organic Supersweet White Corn

5lb

5711000148

Bybee’s Best White Cut Corn

20lb

4635800034

Bybee Foods Northwest Growers Select
Supersweet Cut Corn

5lb

4635800043

Bybee’s Best Green Peas

20lb

4635800011

Bybee Foods Green Peas

50lb

155000007785CR

Bybee Foods Organic Sweet Baby Peas

5lb

5711000145

Bybee’s Best Peas & Carrots

20lb

4635800013

Bybee’s Best Mixed Vegetables

20lb

4635800014

Bybee Foods Organic Mixed Vegetables

5lb

4635800051

Bybee Foods Organic Mixed Vegetables with
Shelled Edamame

5lb

4635800001

Bybee Foods Organic Chopped Kale

56oz

4635800054

Bybee’s

Bybee Foods Organic Steamers Roasted Red
Potato & Vegetable Medley

12oz

4635800041

Bybee Foods Northwest Growers Select Chopped
Spinach

56oz

4635800035

Bybee Foods Organic Steamers Sweet Potatoes

12oz

4635800052

Bybee Foods Organic Chopped Onions

45lb

R02303

Columbia River Organics

Columbia River Organics Organic Blueberries

10oz

5711000125

Columbia River Organics Organic Bounty Blend

10oz

4635800024

Columbia River Organics Organic Broccoli &
Cheddar Cheese

10oz

5711000140

Columbia River Organics Organic Broccoli Florets

10oz

5711000117

Columbia River Organics Organic Butternut
Squash

10oz

5711000141

Columbia River Organics Organic California
Harvest

10oz

5711000122

Columbia River Organics Organic Cranberries

10oz

4635800026

Columbia River Organics Organic Cut Green Beans

10oz

5711000103

Columbia River Organics Organic Diced Onions

10oz

5711000116

Columbia River Organics Organic Edamame

10oz

5711000120

Columbia River Organics Organic French Cut
Green Beans

10oz

5711000105

Columbia River Organics Organic Garden Stir Fry

10oz

5711000124

Columbia River Organics Organic Gardener’s Blend

10oz

5711000114

Columbia River Organics Organic Peaches

10oz

5711000129

Columbia River Organics Organic Peas & Carrots

10oz

5711000112

Columbia River Organics Organic Peas & pearl
Onions

10oz

5711000113

Columbia River Organics Organic Petite Peas

10oz

5711000109

Columbia River Organics Organic Petite Whole
Green Beans

10oz

5711000102

Columbia River Organics Organic Potato Medley

10oz

4635800025

Columbia River Organics Organic Raspberries

10oz

5711000130

Columbia River Organics Organic Shelled
Edamame

10oz

5711000119

Columbia River Organics Organic Spinach

10oz

5711000121

Columbia River Organics Organic Strawberries

10oz

5711000131

Columbia River Organics Organic Super Sweet
White Corn

10oz

5711000107

Columbia River Organics Organic Sweet Cherries

10oz

5711000127

Columbia River Organics

Columbia River Organics Organic Sweet Potatoes

10oz

4635800023

Columbia River Organics Organic Sweet Yellow
Corn

10oz

5711000106

Northwest Growers Select

Northwest Growers Select Broccoli Cuts

20lb

4635800046

Northwest Growers Select Cob Corn

96ct

4635800049

Northwest Growers Select Cut Corn

20lb

5711000163

Northwest Growers Select Cut Corn

30lb

5711000165

Northwest Growers Select Cut Corn

55lb

45730579

Northwest Growers Select French
Cut Green Beans

20lb

25100

Northwest Growers Select Cut Green Beans

20lb

57110000184

Northwest Growers Select 1/2″ Cut Green Beans

30lb

08110

Northwest Growers Select Cut Green Beans

30lb

5711000186

Northwest Growers Select Cut Green Beans

50lb

4635800020

Northwest Growers Select Organic Cut Green
Beans

30lb

5711000187

Northwest Growers Select Organic Cut Green
Beans

50lb

4635800042

Northwest Growers Select Cut Italian Beans

20lb

4635800031

Northwest Growers Select Diced Carrots

20lb

20100

Northwest Growers Select Organic Diced Carrots

50lb

4635800019

Northwest Grower’s Select Diced Onions

45lb

19190

Northwest Growers Select Fine Whole Green
Beans

4lb

10150

Northwest Growers Select Green Peas

20lb

5711000152

Northwest Growers Select Green Peas

55lb

45721084

Northwest Growers Select Organic Peas

30lb

5711000155

Northwest Growers Select Mixed Vegetables

20lb

4635800044

Northwest Growers Select Pearl Onions

20lb

22100

Northwest Growers Select Peas & Carrots

20lb

14100

Northwest Growers Select Petite Whole Green
Beans

15lb

5711000194

Northwest Growers Select Shoestring Carrots

20lb

4635800027

Northwest Growers Select White Supersweet Cut
Corn

30lb

5711000182

Northwest Growers Select 5.5″ Supersweet Cob
Corn

48 count

528628

Organic by Nature

Organic by Nature Organic Baby Peas

16oz

4635800069

Organic by Nature Organic Butternut Squash

16oz

4635800075

Organic by Nature Organic California Broccoli
Florets

16oz

4635800060

Organic by Nature Organic Chopped Kale

40lb

R02208

Organic by Nature Organic Diced Carrots

50lb

20191

Organic by Nature Organic Diced Leeks

40lb

R01810

Organic by Nature Organic Diced Onions

45lb

AK#200064

Organic by Nature Organic Diced Onions

45lb

202819

Organic by Nature Organic Edamame

8oz

4635800073

Organic by Nature Organic Green Peas

50lb

R01790

Organic by Nature Organic Multi-Colored
Cauliflower Florets

16oz

4635800076

Organic by Nature Organic Petite Whole Green
Beans

16oz

4635800071

Organic by Nature Organic Petite Whole Green
Beans

5lb

4635800059

Organic by Nature Organic Root Medley

16oz

4635800074

Organic by Nature Organic Sweet Baby Peas

5lb

4635800063

Organic by Nature Organic Super Sweet White
Corn

16oz

4635800070

Organic by Nature Organic Super Sweet Whole
Kernel Corn

50lb

R03881

Organic by Nature Organic Vegetable Medley

5lb

4635800066

Organic by Nature Organic Vegetable medley With
Shelled Edamame

5lb

4635800065

Organic by Nature Org White Corn

4lb

4635800070

Organic by Nature Organic White Corn

5lb

4635800064

Organic by Nature Organic Whole Kernel Sweet
Corn

4lb

4635800058

Canadian-Costco Wholesale

Organic by Nature

Organic by Nature Organic Butternut Squash

2kg

4635800067

Organic by Nature Organic Sweet Peas

2.5kg

4635800061

Organic by Nature Organic Vegetable Medley

2.5kg

4635800062

Best Before: Apr 26 16 thru Apr 26 18 S3904 

Best By will include the following dates 04.26.16 thru 04.26.18

JFDA Kernel Corns

1kg

991438945338

Use By: 20160924
10190040113116:20
Product of USA B

JFDA Mix Vegetables

1kg

991438945321

Use By: 20160924
351900007731 16:20
Product of USA A

McCain

McCain Green Peas

1kg

991438945116

Use By: 20160924
151900004489 16:20
Product of USA A

McCain Cut Corn

500g

99143894523

Use By: 20160924
103400401189 16:20
Product of USA B

McCain Kernel Corn

1kg

991438945130

Use By: 20160924
101900401189 16:20
Product of USA A

McCain Mixed Vegetables

500g

99143894522

Use By: 20160924
353400001189 16:20
Product of USA B

McCain Mixed Vegetables

1kg

991438945123

Use By: 20160924
351900007789 16:20
Product of USA A

McCain Super Sweet Kernel Corn

1kg

991438945017

Use By: 20160924
101900201189 16:20
Product of USA B

McCain (NZ)

McCain Peas (NZ)

500g

310174006014

10012017 04:56
153700001152 A

McCain Peas (NZ)

1kg

310174006021

10012017 04:56
151900001152 A

McCain YGC

McCain YGC Green Peas

1kg

991438945376

Use By: 20160924
151900004432 16:20
Product of USA A

McCain YGC Mixed Vegetables

1kg

991438945383

Use By: 20160924
351900007732 16:20
Product of USA A

McCain YGC Super Sweet Kernel Corn

1kg

991438945369

Use By: 20160924
10190020113216:20
Product of USA A

Mity Fresh

Mity Fresh Sweet Corn

1kg

7437331054

P: 01/2015
E: 06/2014
107000404428 01:20   A

Mountain Mist

Mountain Mist Cut Corn

1kg

4635800056

Use By: 20150512
101900404438 16:20
Product of USA D

Mountain Mist Green Peas

1kg

4635800057

Use By: 20150512
151900007738 16:20
Product of USA D

Mountain Mist Super Sweet Corn

1kg

4635800056

Use By: 20150512
101900204438 16:20
Product of USA D

Mountain Mist Mixed Vegetables

1kg

4635800055

Use By: 20150512
351900007738 16:20
Product of USA D

Overhill Farms

Overhill Farms 1-1/2″ Cut Green Beans

30lb

0931140

203017001168  08:29

Veggie Maria

Veggie Maria Onion Cut

500g

543567006321

2016/01 20:55 B
103700201142  

Veggie Maria Super Sweet Corn

500g

543567006314

2016/01 20:55 B
283720001142  

Life Foods

Life Foods Green Peas

1kg

903392007694

Use By: 20160924
151900007716 16:20
Product of USA A

Life Foods Kernel Corn

1kg

903392007670

Use By: 20160924
101900404416 16:20
Product of USA A

Life Foods Kernel Super Sweet  Corn

1kg

903392001579

Use By: 20160924
101900201116 16:20
Product of USA A

Life Foods Mixed Vegetables

1kg

903392007687

Use By: 20160924
351900007716 16:20
Product of USA A

Private Labels with CRF Identified through an unique number on bag

Instructions to consumer> look for the code with one of the letters at the end A, B, C,D

Best By will include the following dates 04.26.16 thru 04.26.18

All Codes are found on the Back of the Bag in the following location down the back seam, lower right hand corner

Brand

Container
Size

UPC

What to look for

Code Examples

Emerald Farms

Emerald Farms Cut Corn

40oz

3765403671

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA A

Emerald Farms Green Peas

40oz

3765403672

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA D

Emerald Farms Peas and Carrots

40oz

3765403673

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA C

Emerald Farms Mixed Vegetable

40oz

3765403670

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA E

Endico

Endico Cut Corn

40oz

0145916420

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA A

Endico Green Peas

40oz

0145916720

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA B

Endico

Endico Mixed Vegetables

40oz

0145916610

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA C

Endico Peas and Carrots

40oz

0145916730

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA D

Great Value

Great Value Cut Green Beans

12oz

7874205333

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best If Used By:
042318
A 23:02 Product of USA

Great Value Mixed Vegetables

12oz

7874205334

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best If Used By: 042318
B 23:02 Product of USA

Great Value Peas & Carrots

12oz

7874205335

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best If Used By: 042318
C 23:02 Product of USA

Great Value Sweet Peas

12oz

7874205336

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best If Used By: 042318
A 23:02 Product of USA

Great Value Sweet Peas

26oz

7874210912

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best If Used By: 042318
B 23:02 Product of USA

Great Value Mixed Vegetables

26oz

7874210907

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best If Used By: 042318
C 23:02 Product of USA

Great Value Whole Kernel Golden Corn

12oz

7874205338

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best If Used By: 042318
A 23:02 Product of USA

Great Value Whole Kernel Golden Corn

26oz

7874210910

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best If Used By: 042318
B 23:02 Product of USA

Great Value

Great Value Steamable Cut Green Beans

12oz

7874208363

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best If Used By: 042318
C 23:02 Product of USA

Great Value Steamable Mixed Vegetables

12oz

7874208026

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best If Used By: 042318
A 23:02 Product of USA

Great Value Steamable Sweet Corn

12oz

7874208024

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best If Used By: 042318
B 23:02 Product of USA

Great Value Steamable Sweet Peas

12oz

7874208369

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best If Used By: 042318
C 23:02 Product of USA

James Farm

James Farm Cut Corn

32oz

6069501044

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA A

James Farm Cut Green Beans

32oz

6069501004

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA B

James Farm Garden Peas

32oz

6069501000

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA C

James Farm Mixed Vegetables

32oz

6069501542

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA D

James Farm Peas & Carrots

40oz

6069501001

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA E

James Farm Whole Green Beans

32oz

6069501003

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA A

Kirkland Signature

Kirkland Signature Organic Stir-Fry

4lb

9661910114

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best  By: 040918
15:15 B
USA/Holland/Ecuador
Certified Organic By WSDA

Price First

Price First Corn

16oz

7874211030

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best If Used By: 042318
A 23:02 Product of USA

Price First Sweet Green Peas

16oz

7874211027

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best If Used By: 042318
E 23:02 Product of USA

Quirch

Quirch Baby Lima Beans

14oz

6507260150

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA A

Quirch Baby Lima Beans

32oz

6507260149

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA B

Quirch Corn

14oz

6507260136

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA C

Quirch Corn

32oz

6507260135

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA D

Quirch Mixed Vegetables

14oz

6507260130

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA E

Quirch Mixed Vegetables

32oz

6507260129

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA A

Quirch Peas & Carrots

16oz

6507260152

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA A

Quirch Peas & Carrots

32oz

6507260151

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA B

Quirch Sweet Peas

14oz

6507260140

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA C

Quirch Sweet Peas

32oz

6507260139

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA D

Season’s Choice

Season’s Choice Garden Fresh Sweet Peas

16oz

4149816429

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best Before: 032518 A
15:15
Product of USA

Season’s Choice Seamed Mixed Vegetables

12oz

4149820284

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best Before: 032518 B
15:15
Product of USA

Season’s Choice Super Sweet Whole Kernel Corn

16oz

4149816428

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best Before: 032518 A
15:15
Product of USA

Simply Nature

Simply Nature Organic Mixed Vegetables

16oz

4149829655

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA D

Simply Nature Organic Sweet Corn

16oz

4149829656

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Sell By: 012515
15:15
Product of USA E

True Goodness

True Goodness Organic Broccoli Florets

10oz

1373343097

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best By: 042318
16:30 D
Product of USA

True Goodness Organic Chopped Spinach

10oz

1373343101

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best By: 042318
16:30 D
Product of USA

True Goodness Organic Cut Green Beans

10oz

1373343095

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best By: 042318
16:30 D
Product of USA

True Goodness Organic Mixed Vegetables

10oz

1373343096

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best By: 042318
16:30 D
Product of USA

True Goodness Organic Peas

10oz

1373343100

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best By: 042318
16:30 D
Product of USA

True Goodness Organic Peas & Shoestring Carrots

10oz

1373343104

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best By: 042318
16:30 D
Product of USA

True Goodness Organic Petite Green Peas

10oz

1373343099

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best By: 042318
16:30 D
Product of USA

True Goodness Organic White Sweet Corn

10oz

1373343098

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best By: 042318
16:30 D
Product of USA

Wild Oats

Wild Oats Organic Broccoli Florets

10oz

4873700377

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best  By: 040918
15:15 A
Product of USA

Wild Oats Organic Broccoli & Cauliflower

10oz

4873700711

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best  By: 040918
15:15 B
Product of USA

Wild Oats Organic Chopped Kale

10oz

4873700379

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best By: 040918
15:15 C
Product of USA

Wild Oats Organic Chopped Spinach

10oz

4873700380

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best By: 040918
15:15 D
Product of USA

Wild Oats Organic Cut Green Beans

12oz

4873700713

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best  By: 040918
15:15 A
Product of USA

Wild Oats Organic Diced Butternut Squash

10oz

4873700710

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best  By: 040918
15:15 B
Product of USA

Wild Oats Organic Diced Sweet Potatoes

10oz

4873700709

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best  By: 040918
15:15 C
Product of USA

Wild Oats Organic Mixed Vegetables

12oz

4873700715

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best By: 040918
15:15 D
Product of USA

Wild Oats Organic Sweet Corn

12oz

4873700714

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

Best  By: 040918
15:15 A
Product of USA

Wild Oats Organic Sweet Peas

12oz

4873700712

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Best  By: 040918
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Woolworths Homebrand Frozen Peas

1kg

300633968458

Look for one of these letters (A,B,C,D, E)

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16:30 D
Product of USA