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Forget the avocado toast ritual for breakfast for bit—there’s been a recall and it isn’t pretty.
After a routine government inspection test that was positive for listeria bacteria, Henry Avocado Corporation issued a temporary voluntary recall of whole avocados, according to Glamour.
“It’s bad news for avocado lovers, but before you freak out, there’s no evidence of a listeria outbreak yet—so far, no cases have been reported, according to the company,” says Glamour. Phew, okay so we’re safe (sort of). “The avocado recall so far includes avocados (both organic and regular) that have been shipped to six states: Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Wisconsin,” informs Glamour who also says, “Avocados from Mexico that were packed by Henry Avocado are reportedly OK to eat, according to CNN.”
So, what is listeria monocytogenes exactly? According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium.” CDC expands on the bacteria, “An estimated 1,600 people get listeriosis each year, and about 260 die,” and “The infection is most likely to sicken pregnant women and their newborns, adults aged 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems.
Symptoms of listeria contamination if you are pregnant include fatigue and muscle ache that are Flu-like. Symptoms to watch out for if you are not pregnant are confusion, headache, stiffness of the neck, fever or muscle aches. In other words, the signs will be very clear if you’ve picked and eaten “bad apple.” However, it may take some time before these symptoms actually show up: “People with invasive listeriosis usually report symptoms starting 1 to 4 weeks after eating food contaminated with Listeria; some people have reported symptoms starting as late as 70 days after exposure or as early as the same day of exposure,” according to CDC.
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Recall alert! Avocado is recalled due to concerns over potential listeria contamination. Will you still eat avocados?