Published: Wed, March 27, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Avocados recalled because of listeria risk

Avocados recalled because of listeria risk

CALIFORNIA-A voluntary avocado recall has been issued in 6 states including California due to a possible listeria contamination.

You can identify the avocados by the "Bravocado" sticker.

The recall impacts "Henry Avocados" sold in bulk at stores in Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wisconsin. It said there are no reported illnesses associated with this recall.

Henry Avocado reports environmental samples taken during a routine inspection at its California facility tested positive for listeria.

Customers are instructed not to consume recalled avocados, but to instead throw them away or return them to the point of purchase to receive a refund. "Retailers can identify Henry Avocado organic products by the bar code on the stickers", the company said.

Avocados imported from Mexico and distributed by Henry Avocado are not subject to the recall. Some of the symptoms that can occur with the infection include fever, headache, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

Henry Avocado is also encouraging consumers to call them with any questions at (760) 745-6632, Ext 132.

The recall includes both conventional and organic avocados grown and packaged in California.

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"In 2017, Michoacán exported more than 1.7 billion pounds of Haas avocados to the United States, helping them surpass bananas as America's most valuable fruit import", reports The New York Times.

Founded in 1925, Henry Avocado is a family-owned and managed company.

"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.

If you or a family member became ill with a Listeria infection after consuming food and you're interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Listeria attorneys for a free case evaluation.

Listeria bacteria can cause serious-and sometimes fatal-illness, especially for children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.

Anyone who has already bought recalled avocados should not consume them.

Almost 90 percent of local avocado production grows in California.

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