Avocados Recalled in 6 States over Listeria Contamination Concerns

California-based Henry Avocado Corporation has issued a voluntary recall of its sole product in six US states “out of an abundance of caution.”   Indeed, the US Food and Drug Administration has found at least one batch of avocados has tested positive for listeria contamination. 

According to the company, regular Henry Avocado-brand avocados have a sticker that says “bravocado” on them, which makes them easier to identify.  Organic versions of the fruit, however, require that you look at the bar code on the sticker in order to identify them.  Fortunately, the recall only affects fruit on six states:  Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.

It is also quite fortunate that listeria contamination of avocado is actually not that bad.  You see, the listeria has been found on the skin of the fruit, which is part of the plant that you don’t eat.  This means you can simply wash/sanitize the fruit before cutting into it. 

Still, it is important to note that Listeria monocytogenes is a very common pathogenic bacteria.  It grows in soil and water and can sometimes live in animal species. Infection with this bacteria leads to listeriosis which is typically not deadly.  As a matter of fact, listeriosis symptoms are more unpleasant than anything. These symptoms include fever and diarrhea and can last up to four weeks.  

You may recall that the FDA reported listeria is quite rampant on avocado fruit skin, as recently as last year.  In truth, about one in every five avocados sold in the United States is likely to have listeria on the peel (but not within the pulp). 

As such, Henry Avocado president Phil Henry comments, “We are voluntarily recalling our products and taking every action possible to ensure the safety of consumers who eat our avocados.”

At the same time, anyone who may have purchased any of the affected avocados are, of course, discouraged from eating them and instead discard them. You can also return the fruit to the place of purchase to receive a full refund.  In addition, you can contact Henry Avocado at 760-745-6632, x132 or visit the Henry Avocado website.