June 14, 2003
Productos Real Has Recalled "Real
-The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that Productos Real of Anthony has recalled
Real Guacamole, Hot, because it has the potential to be contaminated with
Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which 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 pregnant women.
"Real Guacamole, Hot" was distributed in West Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona
through retail stores and direct delivery.
The product is packaged in 13 oz. plastic containers labeled "Real
Guacamole, Hot" and bears the code and expiration date on the bottom of the
plastic tub. The recall includes all codes "MAY 25 2003" through "JUL 15
2003". No illnesses have been reported to date.
The recall was the result of sampling conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration that revealed that the finished product contained the
bacteria. The company has ceased production and distribution of the product.
The FDA and the company continued their investigation as to what caused the
Consumers who have purchased "Real Guacamole" should return it to the place
of purchase for a full refund. Stores should destroy the product and
document recovered product for a refund from Productos Real. Consumers with
questions may contact the company at 915-886-3666.