December 27, 2018 — The FDA is recommending that consumers wash their avocados after finding contamination with Listeria and Salmonella, according to a new report.
The tests showed that 12 out of 1,617 avocados (0.74%) had Salmonella on the skin, all of which were grown in the U.S.
Furthermore, tests found that 64 out of 361 avocados (17.73%) had Listeria on the skin. Three samples also contained Listeria in the pulp of the avocado.
To reduce the risk of food poisoning from eating avocados, the FDA recommends that you should wash the avocado thoroughly with water. This will help prevent transferring bacteria from the knife to the pulp.
In most healthy adults, low levels of exposure to Listeria does not usually cause illness. However, Listeria is particularly dangerous for pregnant women, because they can suffer a miscarriage, stillbirth, or infection of the newborn. Other high-risk groups include young children, the elderly, and people who are sick.
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