California company recalls avocados from Arizona, 5 other states over Listeria fears
A California avocado company is voluntarily recalling shipments that were sent to six states, including Arizona, after officials said the fruit might be contaminated with a bacterium that can cause health risks, according to a press release from Yavapai County Health Services on Tuesday afternoon.
The recalled California-grown avocados were packed at a facility in California and distributed in that state, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wisconsin, the company, Henry Avocado Corporation, said in a statement on Saturday.
It was not immediately clear how many avocados were affected, but the company said that all shipments from its packing facility were subject to the recall.
Henry Avocado, based in Escondido, Calif., north of San Diego, said it was issuing the voluntary recall “out of an abundance of caution” because a routine government inspection of its packing facility had turned up positive test results for the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.
The affected products are sold in bulk at retail stores, and the company said it was contacting buyers to ensure that the recalled avocados would be immediately removed from store shelves.
Specifically, the company said that both its California-grown conventional and organic avocados had been affected. Consumers can identify the conventional avocados by the “Bravocado” stickers on them, the company said. Henry Avocado’s organic products do not carry the “Bravocado” label on the sticker, the company said; those products are labeled “organic” and include “California” on the sticker.
In its statement, the company urged consumers who have bought the recalled avocados not to eat them and to either discard them or return them for a refund.
The company noted that avocados imported from Mexico and distributed by Henry Avocado were not subject to the recall and could still be consumed.
Information provided by Yavapai County Health Services.