Some avocados recalled in six states due to listeria

Henry Avocado has announced a voluntary recall of avocados in six states following the discovery of listeria in the company’s California facility, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The recall applies to all shipments from the California packing facility that the company began using in January. This includes avocados shipped to California, North Carolina, Arizona, Florida, New Hampshire and Wisconsin.

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The recalled avocados are identifiable by yellow stickers reading “Bravacado” and “California” and, in the case of the organic avocados, yellow and green stickers reading “Organic” and “California,” according to the FDA.

Avocados the company imports from Mexico are unaffected by the recall. The agency took the unusual step of issuing a recall notice on a Saturday to inform consumers of the recall. The agency has previously issued Saturday notices in 2017 when Pinnacle Foods recalled all Aunt Jemima frozen breakfast food products after discovering listeria and after a 2018 shell egg recall during a salmonella outbreak, according to the Miami Herald.

Listeria monoyctogenes can cause serious or fatal infections in children, frail or elderly, or immunocompromised people, as well as miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women, according to the FDA.

“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 the FDA statement.