A California-based avocado grower has issued a recall of avocados sent to at least six U.
S. states over fears they could be contaminated by potentially fatal bacteria.
According to CBC News, Henry Avocado, a grower and distributor based near San Diego, is voluntarily recalling whole avocados over possible listeria contamination. The company’s recall covers conventional and organic avocados grown and packed in California.
The company said they were sold in bulk across California, Arizona, Florida, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and New Hampshire. There have been no reports of any illnesses associated with the avocados.
According to Henry Avocado, consumers should check for a “Bravocado” sticker on their avocados. Organic avocados carry a sticker that contains the words “organic” and “California.”
‘Henry Avocado is issuing this voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution due to positive test results on environmental samples taken during a routine government inspection at its California packing facility,’ the company said in its written statement.
‘All affected customers are being contacted to confirm that the recalled products are immediately removed from store shelves.’
The company has issued the voluntary recall after a routine inspection of its packing plant revealed samples that tested positive for listeria. The company said avocados imported from Mexico and distributed by Henry are not being recalled and are safe.
Listeria is a bacteria that can cause fever and diarrhea, and more dangerous complications in pregnant women.
Symptoms for listeria infection include nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, severe headache, and stiffness.
The Center For Disease Control says anyone suffering from these symptoms who believe they have eaten food contaminated with listeria should seek medical care and tell the doctor about what they ate.
‘This is especially important if you are pregnant, age 65 or older, or have a weakened immune system,’ the CDC notes on its website.
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