Avocados recalled in 6 states over listeria concerns

Avocados recalled in 6 states over listeria concerns

Avocados recalled in 6 states over listeria concerns

A California-based avocado grower is voluntarily recalling its avocados over fears it may be contaminated with Listeria. Avocados packed there went to Florida, California, North Carolina, Arizona, Wisconsin and New Hampshire. The CDC estimates that around 260 people die each year from the bacterial infection, with flu-like symptoms and increased risks for pregnant women due to the potential for miscarriage.

The company said it issued the recall out of an "abundance of caution" after samples taken during a routine government inspection at its California packing facility yielded positive test results.

The recalled avocados are sold with yellow stickers that say "Bravacado" and "California" or, on the organic avocados, yellow and green stickers with "Organic" and "California".

According to the release, Listeria moncytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and people with weak immune systems.

There have been no reports of any illnesses associated with the avocados.

All shipments from the California packing facility, which Henry Avocado began using in January, are recalled.

Henry Avocado said it is contacting its retail customers to confirm the recalled products have been pulled from the shelves.

Shoppers in the six states where the avocados are being sold should look out for two types of stickers on the skin to help them identify affected products. Henry Avocado organic products do not carry the "Bravocado" label on the sticker.

A Southern California company is voluntarily recalling whole avocados over possible listeria contamination. The company said it is fully cooperating with federal and California health officials to facilitate an efficient and complete recall of these avocados. For conventional products purchased at retail, consumers can identify the recalled products by the "Bravocado" stickers.

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