Check Your Avocados – FDA Finds Listeria

A good portion of avocado skins sampled over 18 months tested positive for bacteria like salmonella and listeria.

By Admin on December 19, 2018
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A warning if you have avocados at home, make certain you wash the skins before you eat them. The FDA has found traces of listeria!

Delish writes (in their signature style):

Earlier this month, the FDA issued a report saying it is now crucial to wash your avocados before eating them. That’s because a good portion of avocado skins sampled over 18 months tested positive for bacteria like salmonella and listeria.

If you’re sitting there wondering why this matters, as you, like most humans, are not prone to eating the tough outer skins of avocados, here’s why it does: The knife you’re using to cut through the potentially contaminated skin can carry that bacteria into the flesh of the fruit, which you do eat. In fact, 17 percent of the 1,615 avocados tested did carry potentially harmful bacteria, making this news relevant to you.

In short – do not even cut your avocados until you have washed them! Yikes!