Trendy frozen avocado chunks recalled in 15 states after one pack tested positive for listeria.
• Nature’s Touch has recalled it’s frozen ‘Signature Select Avocado Chunks’
• It was sold in stores including Albertsons and Safeway in 15 states
• An FDA test of the product found one sample was positive for listeria
• Listeria can cause fever and diarrhoea and can cause birth defects if consumed by pregnant women Frozen avocado chunks have been recalled over listeria fears, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Thursday.
Nature’s Touch Frozen Foods makes 12-ounce bags of ‘Signature Select Avocado Chunks,’ and one sample tested by the FDA tested positive for listeria, bacteria that can cause fever and diarrhoea.
According to the FDA’s recall, packs that may have been affected were transported to Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming, Texas and Utah. Listeria infections are unpleasant for anyone but can be dangerous to pregnant women, elderly people or those with weakened immune systems.
So far, no illnesses have been reported, but the FDA is urging anyone who bought the avocado chunks with a ‘best before’ date of October 11, 2020, to throw them out.
The affected avocados are sold at Albertsons, Safeway (and its Community Markets, and Carrs-Safeway), Eagle, Lucky, Pak N Save, Pavilions and Vons. Listeria is most often found in deli meat and hot dogs, spreads, dairy products, including certain cheeses, smoked seafood and sprouts. But it can find its way into other foods as well, and there are usually a few outbreaks a year.
The bacteria come from soil and water and occurs naturally in poultry and cows (which is why it is often found in meats and dairy products) and can survive even refrigerator temperatures.
Fortunately for healthy adults, they are not usually vulnerable to the infection, and it isn’t typically life-threatening when they do get it. Pregnant women, too, usually develop only a mild illness, but the infection can be devastating – even deadly – to developing fetuses.
Listeria may also endanger the lives of the elderly and small children if they eat food contaminated with the bacteria. So, it poses a serious enough threat that even when it’s possible that food is contaminated with the bacteria, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asks its producer to pull all products that may have been contaminated from shelves.
The affected products bear the UPC number 2113009412 and should be thrown away or returned to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.
‘At Nature’s Touch, our passion is finding the highest-quality frozen foods for our consumers and we are deeply committed to food safety at every production stage,’ the company said in a statement. ‘This voluntary recall reflects our dedication to ensuring the safety of our consumers while enjoying our products.’
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