Woe to avocado toast lovers in six states today as one producer is voluntarily recalling its avocados because of a possible risk of listeria. Henry Avocado, a California-based avocado grower issued the voluntary recall on Saturday, “out of an abundance of caution due to positive test results on environmental samples taken during a routine government inspection.” The avocados were shipped to six states: Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wisconsin and included only fruit grown in California. Mexican avocados from the company were not impacted.
According to a statement from the Henry, the recall appears preemptive—no confirmed cases of listeria-related illness have been found at this point—and reasonably narrow. The recalled avocados all came from a single packing facility that Henry didn’t begin using until January of 2019.
Listeria is dangerous though. According to the CDC it’s the third leading cause of death from food-borne illness. About 1600 people get sick each year and 260 die. The CDC also says that listeria can be particularly dangerous to pregnant women, newborns, people over the age of 65 and anyone who has a weakened immune system. Symptoms to be on the lookout for include: headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, fever, muscle aches and convulsions.
The avocados were sold in bulk and Henry is reaching out to stores that received them, but if you live in one of the affected states, Henry says you can spot the avocados by the “Bravocado” stickers on them.
This isn’t the only time recently avocados have been tied to listeria. The FDA issued a warning this past December about the prevalence of listeria on avocado skin across the board and the dangers of not washing your knife between cutting through the skin and cutting into the meat.
None of this means you have to swear off your morning avocado ritual, but you might want to be a little more careful. You can read Henry’s entire statement on the recall here and check for any future recalls at the FDA website.