Before you slice up your morning avocado, check the sticker. If your avocado boasts a label that reads: “Bravocado,” toss it in the can, it might be contaminated with bacteria.
On the plus side, Americans may save some money as in 2017 they spent $900,000 per month on avocado toast, according to Square, a tech company that helps businesses process credit card payments. Millennials are especially known for their affinity for spreading avocados on toast.
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Listeria and its effects
After a routine inspection, conventionally and organically grown California avocados from The Henry Avocado company had to be recalled from Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Wisconsin, due to listeria risks.
Listeria is a bacterial infection that is spawned from contaminated food. Typically, the infection arises after consuming spoiled deli meat or unpasteurized milk products.
Although Listeria is infrequently fatal for otherwise healthy individuals, it poses serious risks for newborns, pregnant women, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.
The infectious bacteria can survive freezing and refrigeration so consumers that are particularly at risk are recommended to avoid potentially impacted foods at all cost. Early symptoms include fever, muscle aches, diarrhea, and nausea. If the infection reaches the nervous system you might experience a stiff neck, loss of balance, headaches or convulsions.
Symptoms are often fairly mild and undetectable in infected pregnant women while their babies receive the worst of it.
If you suspect that you might be infected, seek antibiotic treatment as soon as possible. Preventative methods revolve around making sure your food is thoroughly clean.
Mayo Clinic recommends using hot soapy water to clean pots and utensils after meal preparation, scrubbing raw vegetables while running them under water and utilizing a food thermometer to make sure all egg and poultry products are cooked at safe temperatures.
It should be noted that potentially contaminated avocados that were organically grown from The Henry Avocado company won’t bear a sticker that says “Bravocado” but will instead include the words “organic” and “California.” Be sure to chuck these guys too.
Avocados distributed by the Henry Avocado company that have been imported from Mexico can be eaten without infection concern as they were not subject to the recall.
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