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Florida Firm Recalls Avocados for Potential Salmonella Contamination

Brooks Tropicals LLC of Homestead, FL, is recalling 401 boxes of fresh green-skin avocados with a single Lot # 2610 because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been associated with this recall, but the company said that it was being initiated as a precaution.

The potential for contamination was discovered by a routine FDA random lot sample taken on July 16, 2014, but the company said that positive analysis confirmed verbally by FDA was only received Aug. 6 (Brooks Tropicals announced the recall Aug. 8). The fruit was packed on July 15 and has about a 10-day shelf life.

Green-skinned avocados from the lot were distributed to a limited number of customers in Florida, New York, Illinois, Georgia and New Jersey. All customers shipped Lot # 2610 have been notified, and since the product was packed more than three weeks ago, no product should remain in the market. Any product that is remaining in the market channels with the Lot # 2610 should be disposed of immediately.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain.

Brooks Tropicals stated that it is currently reviewing all policies and procedures associated with its food safety program to minimize any future occurrence.

For more information, contact Bill Brindle at 305-247-3544 or billb@brookstropicals.com.

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  • Karen Wood

    How in the world does salmonella get on avocados?

    • johnmarkcarter

      Birds and lizards live in avocado trees. Their feces commonly contain Salmonella.

  • james

    Was the contamination of the edible flesh or on the skin?