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Trendy frozen avocado chunks recalled over listeria fears

Trendy frozen avocado chunks recalled in 15 states after one pack tested positive for listeria

  • Nature’s Touch has recalled its frozen ‘Signature Select Avocado Chunks’ 
  • It was sold in stores including Alberstons and Safeway in 15 states 
  • An FDA test of the product found one sample was positive for listeria 
  • Listeria can cause ever and diarrhea 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 diarrhea. 

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. 

Nature’s Touch is recalling 12-ounce bags of its frozen ‘Signature Select frozen Avocado Chunks’ after a sample tested positive for listeria during FDA screening 

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.’

  • If you have any questions about the recall, you can contact Nature’s Touch at 1-877-850-2664 or by email at info@naturestouch.ca

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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