California avocados second major recall in less than a week

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Recall underscores concern with food safety system

U.S. PIRG Education Fund

PHILADELPHIA– Henry Avocado Corporation is recalling avocados potentially contaminated with the deadly listeria bacteria. Listeria is especially serious when contracted by young children or elderly whose weakened immune systems can turn a simple infection into a fatal disease. Pregnant women can also suffer miscarriages or stillbirths. Consumers often fail to wash the outside of avocados, heightening the risk.

Adam Garber, U.S. PIRG Education Fund Consumer Watchdog, issued the following statement:

“We are barely getting a chance to breathe between recalls. What stands out is the breadth of dangers we’re seeing because of failures in the food safety system. Last week, Tyson’s recalls chicken because it might contain metal, and now avocados are potentially laced with listeria, a bacteria that a little more than a year ago killed 200 in South Africa.

We are grateful that Henry Avocado and the Agriculture Department are taking the necessary steps to get these potentially dangerous items off shelves. But this situation once again proves that food producers and our government agencies must refocus their efforts and institute common sense measures like those outlined in our report How Safe is Our Food? to ensure that Americans are safe every time they sit down to eat a meal.”