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Listeria Test Leads to Avocado Dip Recall

A California company is recalling various guacamole dips because the avocados used in them may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Fresh Food Concepts, Inc. of Buena Park was notified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that routine sampling of its Layer Dip products revealed that the imported avocado pulp contained the bacteria, the FDA said in a news alert late Friday.

The company said it has stopped using avocado from the supplier. 

The dips were distributed nationwide in the U.S. and in Canada through retail supermarkets and club stores.

The dips can be identified as follows:

— Fresh Food Concepts 5 Layer Dip, 32 oz., UPC 29358-11272, use-by date of09/16/11 and before

— Delicioso 5 Layer Dip, 15 oz, UPC 29358-12229, use-by date 09/16/11 and before

— Delicioso 5 Layer Dip, 30 oz, UPC 29358-12230, use-by date 09/16/11 and before

— Rojo’s Ultimate 7 Layer Dip, 36 oz., UPC 35196-44162, use-by date 09/16/11 and before

— Fresh Food Concepts 5 Layer Dip, 16 oz., UPC 35196-44216, use-by date 09/16/11 and before

— Rojo’s Supreme 6 Layer Dip, 44 oz., UPC 47502-44180, use-by date 09/16/11 and before

— Rojo’s 6 Layer Dip, 44 oz., UPC 47502-44185, use-by date 09/16/11 and before

— Rojo’s 6 Layer Dip, 44 oz., UPC 47502-44189, use-by date 09/16/11 and before

— Fresh Food Concepts 5 Layer Dip, 454 g., UPC 35196-44214, use-by date 09/16/11 and before

— Signature Café 6 Layer Dip, 15 oz., UPC 21130-06191, use-by date 09/16/11 and before

— Signature Café 6 Layer Dip, 30 oz., UPC 21130-06192, use-by 09/16/11 and before

— Signature Café 6 Layer Dip, 425 g., UPC 58200-06034, use-by date 09/16/11 and before

— Signature Café 6 Layer Dip, 850 g., UPC 58200-06032, use-by date, 09/16/11 and before

Fresh Food concepts dips with expiration (use-by) dates of 09/24/11 and after were made with avocado from a different source and are not being recalled, the company said. No other products made by Fresh Food Concepts are involved in the recall.

Consumers who purchased the recalled product can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or destroy it.  Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-714-562-5000, ext. 134, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.PDT.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

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