“We are voluntarily recalling our products and taking every action possible to ensure the safety of consumers who eat our avocados,” said Phil Henry, the president of Henry Avocado, after announcing Saturday a big recall over Listeria concerns.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections. Individuals who are particularly at risk of the bacteria are children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.The recalled products were packed in California and were distributed to Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. All shipments from the facility are subject to recall. Consumers can identify the recalled products with the “Bravocado” stickers. They are organic and labeled as “organic” and include “California” on the sticker.
Avocados imported from Mexico are not subject to the recall and can be consumed. Symptoms of listeriosis include a headache, high fever, diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal pain, within two months after eating possibly contaminated food. There are no reported illnesses with the recall but customers who have purchased the recalled items are urged not to consume them. Full refund is offered. Henry Avocado Corporation was founded in 1925 and it’s offering certified organic avocados since 2010. About 59,000 acres (240 km2) ,some 95% of United States avocado production, is located in Southern California.