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Avocados Contaminated with Listeria are a New Cause for Nationwide Concern

Our Chicago personal injury attorneys have a new concern regarding public safety: Avocados.

According to a press release issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Fine Mexican Food Products, a company out of Ontario, California, is recalling 1,423 cases of frozen avocado pulp and 1,820 cases of avocado halves because they may be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes.

Although to date no cases of illnesses have yet been reported, the FDA’s news release states that the avocado products were recalled because multiple sample tests conducted in the manufacturing facility turned up positive for Listeria Monocytogenes. Nevertheless, despite the fact that no cases of severe illness have arisen out of this situation, Fine Mexican Food Products is responding to the crisis by taking their products off the shelves before any consumers are harmed.

Listeria Monocytogenes is a potentially deadly food poisoning bacteria that causes a condition called Listerosis. Listeriosis affects mainly pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and adults with lowered immune system, and when pregnant women are infected with Listeria Monocytogenes the infection can result in premature delivery, miscarriages, or stillbirth. Additionally, if a pregnant woman is exposed to contaminated food during pregnancy, the child can be born with Listeriosis.

Listeria Monocytogenes carries a potential risk of death; according to a report published by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Biology, though Lysteria is a fairly uncommon disease, when a severe form of the infection takes hold, the case fatality rate may approach as much as 25% (Salmonella poisoning, in comparison, has a mortality rate estimated at less than 1%).

The avocado products in question were distributed between June of this year and September of this year. In response to the outbreak, Fine Mexican Food Products has ceased production, importing, and distribution of the product, which is manufactured in their facility in Peru. Currently Fine Mexican Food Products and the United States Food and Drug Administration are conducting an investigation into what sparked the outbreak.

According to the FDA’s most recent press release, the recalled products include:
Frozen avocado pulp that has an FMP white label on the corrugated shipping carton. The package size is a 2.2 lb. bag; and,
Avocado halves that are in 3 lb. bags with the product code 00131.

If you have purchased either of these products, do not consume them. Either throw them away, or return the product to distributors as soon as possible. Additionally, if you or a loved one fear that you may have become infected by these contaminated avocado products, please seek medical attention immediately.

Symptoms of Listerosis include fever, muscle aches, nausea, diarrhea, and other flu-like symptoms. If the bacteria is allowed to spread to the central nervous system, the individual may experience symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or even convulsions.

A doctor will be able to diagnose if you have been infected with Listeria, and if caught in time, it is treatable. However, if you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries as result of having been exposed to contaminated foods, our Chicago personal injury lawyers may be able to help you determine your rights. Our Illinois food poisoning attorneys have the diligence and experience to fight for your rights.