As our sources of food become more and more industrialized, mass-produced, and widely distributed, we are being forced to rely on the integrity of companies to conduct all phases of their business in the safest and most ethical of manners. We must trust that the food we put on our tables has been scrutinized and deemed ‘safe.’
Sometimes, however, a product slips through the cracks and some that aren’t quite 'perfect' make it through to your grocery stores anyway, even if they carry with them a potential health threat.
With competition driving the way businesses operate, it’s no wonder that sometimes in the effort to get the product out, a potentially harmful contamination misses detection.
That is why health agencies conduct regular, routine inspections of soil, manufacturing sites, and final product even after a consumer item has gone out. That is how the latest contamination was discovered.
Such is the case with the most recent recall, causing big worries for avocado lovers in six states.
USA Today is reporting, “A major avocado producer announced a voluntary recall of the pear-shaped fruit because of the potential that the California-grown whole avocados could be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes."
California-based Henry Avocado Corporation has issued a voluntary recall on much of its regular and organic avocados in what the company says is in "an abundance of caution."
In a company statement, the President of the Company Phil Henry says, “We are voluntarily recalling our products and taking every action possible to ensure the safety of consumers who eat our avocados.”
“Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can lead to serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer from high fevers, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. The infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.”
“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”
Customers can identify whether or not their avocados are included in the recall by looking for the 'Bravocado' sticker.
But that doesn't apply to the 'organic' version of the beloved green fruit.
According to USA Today, “Henry Avocado organic products do not carry the ‘Bravocado’ label but can be identified instead by the ‘organic’ and ‘California’ labels on the sticker.”
The recall is seen as a ‘preventive measure’ considering there have been no reported illnesses so far in this Listeria scare.
But, the FDA is urging consumers to take it seriously and avoid the identified products, as the recall is based on positive test results on environmental samples taken during a routine government inspection.
The avocados in question are ONLY those grown in California and distributed in these six states: Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.
Henry Avocados gown in Mexico are not included in the recall and the company says they are safe to eat.
If you’ve already purchased the recalled avocados, do not eat them. You can discard them or return them to the store for a refund.
You can contact Henry Avocado with questions by calling (760) 745-6632, Ext 132 or by visiting www.henryavocado.com/media.
Thank goodness we have such a robust recall system in this country - to find mistakes and correct them as soon as possible, thus eliminating or at least reducing the potential for harm to consumers.