the recall is being conducted out of an abundance of caution after samples gathered during a routine inspection of its California packing facility tested positive for listeria. The company said it is concerned that some avocados may have been contaminated with a strain called Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause fatal infections in young children and other people with frail immune systems. For healthy adults, that strain can cause serious short-term symptoms including headache, fever, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Henry Avocado Corporation said California-grown conventional and organic products are impacted by the recall. The avocados were distributed throughout California and in at least five other states across the country. The company said it is contacting stores to ensure the products are immediately removed from sale and is working with state and federal health officials “to facilitate an efficient and complete recall of these avocados.” The company’s conventional products contain a “Bravocado” label on the sticker of the fruit. Organic produce affected contain the words “California” and “organic.” It was not clear if any of the avocados were sold at grocery stores or produce stands in Winters or the greater Yolo County region. Avocados imported from Mexico that were distributed by Henry Avocado are not subject to the recall. “Consumers who have purchased any recalled avocados are urged not to consume them, but to discard them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund,” Henry Avocado Corporation said in a statement. Consumers with additional questions are asked to call Henry Avocado Corporation at 760-745-6632, extension 132. Phone lines are open weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. local time.]]>
Avocados distributed by California company recalled over listeria concerns
A Southern California company has issued a voluntary recall of most of its avocados over concerns of potential listeria contamination.