The recall relates to fruit marketed as California-grown conventional and organic avocados.
Henry Avocado said Saturday it was concerned the bacteria listeria monocytogenes could be present in the avocados that it had sold in bulk to stores in Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wisconsin. The company's avocados from Mexico aren't being recalled and are considered safe. The company immediately made a decision to voluntarily issue a recall of their products, which they mentioned was a move to protect the safety of their thousands of customers.
"Henry Avocado is contacting all affected customers to confirm that the recalled products are immediately removed from store shelves", the company said in the news release. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Henry Avocado now imports some of their avocados from South America, among other places. Those that have already purchased their products can either throw them away or bring them back to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Make sure to check the label and brand of avocados before buying them. Others at risk for listeria infection are the elderly and individuals with weakened immune systems. The company advises consumers to check the stickers on their avocados.
"We are voluntarily recalling our products and taking every action possible to ensure the safety of consumers who eat our avocados", says Phil Henry, President of Henry Avocado.
All shipments from the facility are subject to the recall.
If you or a family member became ill with a Listeria infection after consuming food and you're interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Listeria attorneys for a free case evaluation. Among pregnant women, the illness can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth or infections for the infant.
Almost 90 percent of local avocado production grows in California.