California Grown Avocados Recalled in Six States

Dwayne Harmon
March 28, 2019

A California company has recalled the avocados it sells in six states over possible listeria contamination. Consumers can recognize the recalled product by looking for stickers that say "Bravocado" on them.

Henry Avocado sold their fruit in bulk across California, Arizona, Florida, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and New Hampshire.

The recall does not include avocados imported from Mexico that Henry Avocado also distributes. The voluntary recall went into affect after a routine government inspection at the company's California packing facility showed positive test results for the bacteria. At this time, there are no reported illnesses, according to a statement released by the company.

The bacterium Listeria monocytogenes causes an illness called Listerioses, which can cause serious symptoms and even death in certain groups of people. Others at risk for listeria infection are the elderly and individuals with weakened immune systems. The infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

All affected products have reportedly been removed from store shelves. Retailers can identify Henry Avocado organic products by the bar code on the stickers.

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The company told Consumer Reports in an email that it is now cleaning and sanitizing its California packing facility, a process being conducted by a third party.

He says consumers should carefully wash all potentially contaminated food before cutting or using, including any surfaces used to prepare their food.

Some avocados from Henry Avocado have been voluntarily recalled. The FDA has advised consumers not to eat avocados affected by the recall. Almost 90 percent of local avocado production grows in California.

Still, Company officials say people who have bought recalled avocados "are urged not to consume them, but to discard them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund". This is a voluntary recall impacting a large number of people in multiple USA states where the produce must be destroyed to prevent risk of illness.

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