A large avocado producer announced a voluntary recall of the pear-shaped fruit due to the possibility that the California-grown whole avocados could be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.

California-based Henry Avocado Corp says it has taken this step out of "an abundance of caution" based on positive test results on environmental samples taken during a routine public inspection.

The company claims that no diseases associated with the recall have been reported.

Avocados (Photo: Deborah Yovanovich, USA TODAY)

The avocados concerned are distributed and sold in bulk at stores in Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

Avocados imported from Mexico and distributed by Henry Avocado is not the subject of the recall and may continue to be sold and consumed, the company said.

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The US Food and Drug Administration published as a public service the Henry Avocado recall.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can lead to severe and sometimes fatal infections in young children, weak or elderly people, and others with impaired immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer from high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. The infection can also cause miscarriages and deaths among pregnant women.

Some avocados from Henry Avocado are voluntarily revoked. (Photo: Henry Avocado)

In a statement, Phil Henry, the president of Henry Avocado says: "We voluntarily revoke our products and take any action to ensure consumer safety who eats our avocados."

The company says that it is in contact with all affected customers to confirm that the recalled products are immediately withdrawn from store shelves.

One way consumers can identify the recalled products in retail is by the "Bravocado" mark on the sticker on the outside of the fruit.

Henry Avocado organic products do not carry the "Bravocado" mark, but can be identified instead of the "organic" and "California" marks on the sticker.

If you have already bought the avocados, do not eat them. You can dispose of them or return them to the shop for refund.

You can contact Henry Avocado with questions by calling (760) 745-6632, Ext 132 or by visiting www.henryavocado.com/media.

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