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Holy Guacamole!: Frozen Avocados Recalled for Listeria

“Signature Select Avocado Chunks” by Nature’s Touch Frozen Foods Inc. are being recalled after testing positive for for the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. The products have a best before date of Oct 11, 2020.

According to a notice by Nature’s Touch disseminated through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the company “based [the recall] on strict precautionary measures after the company was informed by the FDA that a routine sampling program found a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in one sample bag of the product.”

No illnesses have been reported to date. However, there is concern that some of the recalled avocado chunks may exist in the homes of some consumers because the best-before date isn’t until Oct. 11, 2020— more than a year away.

The company urges the public to be proactive in guarding their health. “Consumers who have purchased the product should discard or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.”

Here s the information on the recalled product:

  • Signature Select brand avocado chunks, frozen
  • 12-ounce plastic bags
  • UPC number 2113009412 on the back
  • Best-before date displayed as OCT 11 20 on the back of packages near the top

Nature’s Touch avocado chunks were distributed to retailers in 15 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming, Texas and Utah.

The products were sold in nine stores: Albertsons, Safeway, Safeway Community Markets, Carrs-Safeway, Eagle, Lucky, Pak N Save, Pavilions and Vons.

Consumers can contact Nature’s Touch customer service by phone at 877-850-2664 or by email at: info@naturestouch.ca.

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