11/04/19: California grown avocados recalled in six states

The FDA has released the following images showing examples of affected product labels –

Henry Avocado Recall - CDC provided image - Conventionally Grown

Henry Avocado Recall -Conventionally Grown

Henry Avocado Recall - CDC provided image - Organic Grown

Henry Avocado Recall -Organic Grown

California-based company, Henry Avocado, is recalling both conventionally grown and organic avocados for possible Listeria contamination.

The affected Avocados were handled in Henry Avocado’s new California packing facility and were distributed to Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. Environmental testing at that facility found the pathogen.

Consumers can identify conventionally grown avocados subject to this recall, by looking for the word “Bravocado” at the bottom of the oval product label. Organic avocados subject to this recall will not have the word “Bravocado” but will have the word “Organic” in green on a yellow background at the top of the oval product label.

The FDA is reporting that Henry Avocados grown and packed in Mexico are not subject to recall and can continue to be sold and consumed.

If you did purchase these avocados, throw them away or take them back to the store. If you aren’t sure whether you purchased them, ask your retailer. They should have a record of sales.

Listeria can be an extremely dangerous disease and can cause serious illness, especially for pregnant women and anyone with a compromised immune system.  Food safety experts recommend that if you had these avocados in your pantry or fridge, you should clean the area with a solution of 1 tablespoon liquid chlorine bleach to 1 gallon of warm water. Wash your hands well with soap and water after you finish cleaning.

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