According to a press release published by Henry Avocado Corporation on March 23, 2019, Henry Avocado Corporation voluntarily recalled California-grown whole avocados sold in bulk at retail stores because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Short-term symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Listeria infection is also concerning to women who are pregnant because it can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.
This voluntary recall issued by the Henry Avocado Corporation was out of caution due to positive test results on environmental samples taken during a routine government inspection at its California packing facility. There are no reported illnesses associated with this recall at this time.
“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.
The recalled products – California-grown conventional and organic avocados — were packed at Henry Avocado’s packing facility in California and distributed to the following states Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. All shipments from the packing facility were subject to the recall (Henry Avocado did not begin packing there until late January 2019). Avocados imported from Mexico and distributed by Henry Avocado are not subject to the recall and may continue to be sold and consumed.
Henry Avocado contacted all affected customers to confirm that the recalled products are immediately removed from store shelves. Henry Avocado organic products do not carry the “Bravocado” label on the sticker. Instead, those products are labeled “organic” and include “California” on the sticker. Retailers can identify Henry Avocado organic products by the bar code on the stickers.
Any 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.
Henry Avocado Corporation is fully cooperating with federal and California health officials to facilitate an efficient and complete recall of these avocados.