Avocados are the latest item to be pulled from grocery store shelves over bacterial contamination. Henry Avocado, a California-based grower, has issued a recall of their whole avocados due to possible Listeria contamination. Henry announced the voluntary recall in a press release on Saturday, March 23rd. TIME reports that the avocados have been recalled in at least 6 US states.
"Henry Avocado is issuing this voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution due to positive test results on environmental samples taken during a routine government inspection at its California packing facility," they wrote in their press release. Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and even fatal infections in young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.
Henry Avocado says consumers can identify the avocados in question by checking the produce stickers. Those included in the recall have stickers with "Bravocado," "organic," and "California" written on them. Henry Avocado provided this photo of the recalled product in their press release:
Henry Avocado is based in San Diego, where it grows and distributes their supply in bulk to several US states. Those states include California, Arizona, Florida, Wisconsin, North Carolina and New Hampshire, The Canadian Press reports.
Canada now gets the bulk of its avocado supply from Mexico, but used to be sourced primarily from California in the past, TFO Canada reports. Mainly because Mexico is better equipped to supply Canada's demand for avocados, which has exploded in recent years. The volume of avocado imports increased by 255 percent between 2006 to 2016, according to Statistics Canada.
As for this recall, it seems that consumers in Canada have nothing to worry about. But, a recall like this is certainly alarming, considering how much we Canadians adore our creamy avocados.