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Avocados recalled in 6 states over possible listeria contamination



LOS ANGELES, March 25 (Reuters) – A California avocado breeder and distributor has voluntarily revoked his product from six states due to concerns about possible contamination with Listeria, bacteria that can cause serious illness in some people.

No withdrawal related diseases have been reported, said Henry Avocado Corporation in its recall notice on Saturday, taking the measure "out of great caution."

The recall covers California-harvested avocados – both conventionally grown and organic – sent to dealers in California, Arizona, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wisconsin, the company said.

The conventional avocados carry "Bravocado" brand stickers on the fruit, while organically grown products carry stickers labeled "organic" and the word "California", according to the company, based in Escondido, California, near San Diego.

The avocados were recalled by environment Al samples taken during a routine inspection of the company's California packing plant tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, the company said.

That the bacterial strain can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in pregnant women, toddlers, the elderly or others with impaired immune systems. Risks to pregnant women include miscarriages and stillbirths.

Other exposed people may suffer from short-term symptoms such as high fever, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Avocado imported from Mexico and distributed by Henry, a family owned company, was not affected.

Consumers were encouraged to waste some revoked avocados or return them to the repurchase point.

Meanwhile, the company said it was focused on cleaning and cleaning up the packing facility ̵

1; an operation performed and supervised by a third party – and will carry out additional testing before the fruit pack is resumed there.

The California Avocado Commission challenges an autumn of about 175 million pounds statewide this season, about half the size of last year's crop, partly due to unusually high temperatures in the last growing season. (Report by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles, Editing Lisa Shumaker)


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