There is a new warning for avocado lovers from federal officials. The US Food and Drug Administration is advising people to wash avocados before eating them, even though the skin does not get consumed. When avocados are prepared, bacteria and dirt are pushed on to or into the fruit, and can contaminate the avocado.
Recently, a study done by the FDA showed that approximately 1 in 5 (17.73%) of avocado skins were infected with Listeria monocytogenes. A handful (<1%) of avocado skins also contained Salmonella. Listeria can cause an infection called Listeriosis that results in about 260 deaths annually. The infection is especially dangerous to an unborn fetus, so pregnant women are advised to avoid any foods that may contain Listeria.
According to the FDA, the only way to prevent bacteria and dirt from transferring from the peel to the insides is to wash the skins thoroughly before prepping. Wash carefully with cool running water, and scrub the avocado with a produce brush. For an extra level of protection, use CitroBio Fresh Food Wash to further remove dangers that could be lurking on the surface of avocados before peeling or slicing. Dry the avocados with a paper towel before preparing.
When properly washed and prepared, avocados are a safe, nutritious and delicious part of a healthy diet. One of the most versatile ways to fit more avocado into your day is to make guacamole. Click here to see our favorite guacamole recipe. Click here to buy CitroBio Fresh Food Wash for food safety on Amazon today.