ESCONDIDO, California – The Henry Avocado Corporation voluntarily recalls entire avocados bred from California that are sold in bulk at retail outlets because of their potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes .
The company released the Voluntary Recall on the basis of positive environmental test results taken during a routine regulatory inspection at its California packaging facility. There are no reported illnesses related to this recall.
"We voluntarily recall our products and take all possible measures to ensure the safety of consumers who eat our avocados," says Phil Henry, president of Henry Avocado.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism. This can lead to serious and sometimes fatal infections in infants, the frail or elderly and other immunocompromised people. Although healthy individuals may only experience short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Listeria may cause miscarriage and stillbirth in pregnant women.
Recalling California-grown conventional and organic avocados packaged at Henry Avocado's packaging facility in California and distributed in Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Wisconsin ,
All shipments from the packaging plant are subject to recall (Henry Avocado began packing at the end of January 201
Henry Avocado contacts all affected customers to confirm that the recalled products are immediately removed from store shelves.
IDENTIFICATION AND TOO CALL
For traditional retail products, consumers can identify the recalled products using the "Bravocado" label.
Henry avocado organic products do not carry the label "Bravocado" on the label. Instead, these products are labeled "Bio" and the sticker indicates "California". Retailers can identify Henry Avocado organic products by the bar code on the labels.