December 27, 2018 — Avocados may have Salmonella and Listeria on the skin, according to a new report from the FDA.
The FDA is recommending that consumers thoroughly wash their avocados before eating them to reduce the risk of transmitting bacteria from the skin of the avocado to the pulp on a knife.
Tests revealed the presence of Salmonella on 12 out of 1,617 (0.74%) avocados that were tested, all of which were grown in the U.S.
Listeria was also discovered on the skin of 64 out of 361 (17.73%) avocados that were tested. Furthermore, 3 avocados had Listeria in the edible pulp of the avocado.
Both Salmonella and Listeria can cause food poisoning, although low levels of exposure are not usually very serious for healthy adults. The problem is that Listeria is dangerous for pregnant women, who may not show any symptoms before suffering a miscarriage, stillbirth, or infection of the newborn.
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