“We are voluntarily recalling our products and taking every action possible to ensure the safety of consumers who eat our avocados,” Phil Henry, president of Henry Avocado, said in a news release on Saturday.
According to the company’s statement, Henry Avocado found positive test results of listeria moncytogenes during a routine government inspection at its California facility. Listeria is a bacteria that can cause symptoms similar to that of food poisoning, like diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. It can be especially dangerous in pregnant women or anyone with a compromised immune system. So far, no illnesses have been reported.
The recall affects both conventional and organic avocados which were distributed in Arizona, California, Florida New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. Consumers can identify the affected avocados by looking at the sticker for either “Bravocado” or “Organic.” Both types will also say “California” on the label.
The company also reassures customers that the recall is only for California avocados and that any avocados from their Mexico facility are safe.
While the avocados are being pulled from retail shelves, the FDA urges customers who may have bought the recalled fruit to throw it away immediately or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Anyone with questions regarding the recall can contact Henry Avocado by phone at (760) 745-6632 Ext 132 or online at henryavocado.com/media.
In a statement to Consumer Reports, Phil Henry, president of Henry Avocado, said that the company is thoroughly sanitizing its California plant. He added that “we are also in the process of reviewing and assessing all of our food safety systems so we can continuously improve our programs.”