Fine Mexican Food Products, Inc. is recalling a variety of avocado products distributed throughout California because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. The company is urging any consumers who may have purchased the avocado in question to discard it immediately or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. The Food Poisoning Lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP are currently investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of individuals severely sickened by Fine Mexican Products avocado.
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What’s the problem?
September 13, 2011 – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that Fine Mexican Food Products, Inc. (FMP), an Ontario, California establishment, is currently recalling 1,423 cases of 12/2 lb. Frozen Avocado Pulp and 1,820 Cases IQF Avocado Halves distributed throughout California since June 2010 because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The avocado products in question can be identified by a white FMP label on the corrugated shipping carton. Pack size is 2.2 lb. /bag 12 per shipping carton with Product Code 00115 for Frozen Avocado Pulp. For 3 lb. IQF Avocado Halves, pack size is 3 lb. /bag 8 bags per shipping carton with Product Code 00131 and expiration dates of June/July/August 2012.
The current recall was initiated as the result of multiple positive Listeria monocytogenes results found at FMP’s manufacturing facility in Peru. The company is urging any consumers who have purchased the avocado being recalled to return it to the distributor as soon as possible. FMP has ceased the production, importation and distribution of avocado as the FDA continues their investigation into what caused the listeria outbreak.
Listeria Food Poisoning (Listeriosis)
Listeriosis is a serious and potentially life-threatening infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. It primarily affects pregnant women, newborns, and those with otherwise weakened immune systems. Signs and symptoms of listeriosis include (but are not limited to):
- muscle aches
- gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea
If listeriosis spreads to the nervous system, symptoms may include:
- stiff neck
- loss of balance
How to Prevent Listeria
To reduce the likelihood of contracting listeriosis, keep the following simple tips in mind:
- thoroughly cook raw food from animal sources, such as beef, pork, or poultry
- wash raw vegetables before eating
- keep uncooked meats separate from vegetables and cooked foods
- avoid products made with unpasteurized milk
- wash hands and cooking utensils after handling uncooked foods
- consume perishable and read-to-eat foods as soon as possible
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