Henry Avocado Corporation is recalling its California-grown whole avocados sold in bulk at retail stores over concerns the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that causes severe foodborne illness.
The company initiated the recall “as a precautionary measure” after routine tests identified the presence of listeria in samples taken from its California packing facility.
“We are voluntarily recalling our products and taking every action possible to ensure the safety of consumers who eat our avocados,” said Phil Henry, President of Henry Avocado.
The recalled avocados were packed at the firm’s plant in Escondido and distributed to several states including Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wisconsin. All shipments from the facility are being recalled; however, the company did not begin packing there until late January 2019.
Avocados imported from Mexico and distributed by Henry Avocados are not part of the recall, and should be considered safe to eat. The company is contacting all affected customers to confirm that recalled products are immediately removed from store shelves.
Affected avocados can be identified by stickers with the word “Bravocado” on them. The organic avocados are labeled “organic” and include “California” on the sticker.
If you purchased any avocados affected by the recall, you should not eat them, and either discard them immediately or return them to the point of purchase for a refund.
To date, no listeria infections or other illnesses have been linked to the recalled avocados.
Source: FOX 5 San Diego