This weekend, avocado lovers were faced with the worst of news everywhere: California-grown avocados in six states are being recalled for possible contamination with the bacterial Listeria. Here's what you need to know.
The avocados in question came from the Henry Avocado Company, which had found contamination during a routine inspection, according to the company. The recalled avocados (both conventionally grown and organic Avos are part of the recall) were sold in Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wisconsin. Avocados imported from Mexico and marketed by Henry Avocado are not subject to recall and can be eaten without hesitation, the company said.
How do you know if your avocado can make you sick or if it is benign? Potentially contaminated Avos grown conventionally have a sticker labeled "Bravocado". The organic stickers do not have the sticker "Bravocado", but are labeled with "Bio" and the sticker shows "California".
If you see the sticker or barcode, slide your air into the trash (RIP) or If you're like me and get annoyed if you throw away something that's cracked for $ 1
No one has been ill yet, but the concern is legitimate. According to the FDA recall notice, listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in children, the frail or elderly, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people may experience high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. In pregnant women, Listeria infections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.