California-grown avocados grown by the Henry Avocado Corporation is recalling whole avocados which were sold in retail stores. These avocados are being recalled due to possible Listeria monocytogenes. The affected products were packaged in California and distributed to Arizona, California, Florida New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wisconsin.
The recall is voluntary and is only being done out of an abundance of caution due to positive result on environmental samples taken during a routine government inspection at its California packing facility. No illnesses have been reported to date resulting from the recalled products.
“We are voluntarily recalling our products and taking every action possible to ensure the safety of consumers who eat our avocados,” says Phil Henry, President of Henry Avocado.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Avocados imported from Mexico and distributed by Henry Avocado are not part of 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. Consumers with further questions may contact Henry Avocado at (760) 745-6632, Ext 132 or visit www.henryavocado.com/media
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