February 10, 2001Avacado Pulp Recalled by Two
Firms in Southern California
DC (SafetyAlerts) - FDA is warning
consumers in southern California not to consume avocado pulp products from two
distributors, G Products and T & G Sales, because these products have the potential to
be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
G Products is recalling three lots of
its avocado products. T & G Sales was issued a warning letter by the FDA on February
The G Products bulk avocado pulp product was distributed in Southern California, primarily
to small Mexican style fast food restaurants in Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, and San
Diego counties. T & G Sales bulk avocado pulp product was distributed in San Diego
County, primarily to small Mexican style fast food restaurants from November 2000 through
January 2001. These products, if frozen, have a shelf life of 3 to 4 months.
The G Products avocado pulp is packaged in bulk heat sealed, 6 pound, clear plastic bags.
Product labeling identifies the product as G Products Brand 100% Haas Avocado
"Pulp" or "Chunky" style. The date codes are stamped on the label as
"DEC 05 2000," "JAN 17 2001," and "JAN 30 2001."
The T & G Sales bulk avocado product is packaged in bulk heat sealed, 6 pound clear
plastic bags and 25 pound plastic pails.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism
that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly
people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer
only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal
pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among
This recall is the result of routine
sampling by the FDA at the time of importation. FDA laboratory findings confirmed Listeria
monocytogenes in lots from each importer, and the importer was instructed to hold the lots
intact and not distribute them. However, these products were distributed without an FDA
It is recommended that restaurants that may have purchased avocado pulp products from
these companies check their inventories and discontinue using any of these products listed
above. Restaurant owners and concerned consumers with questions may call G Products at
619-295-7910 and T & G Sales at 619-232-9020 or 619-778-4957.
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