California grower and distributor Henry Avocado began voluntarily withdrawing his avocados from the United States on Monday, March 25 after a routine inspection at his packing plant. It was there where they detected the samples that tested positive in listeria and the alarm jumped.
In Spain there is no need to fear, since Henry Avocado does not distribute to any of our markets. In the case of Mercadona, its supplier is in Málaga and it is Frutas Montosa . They are the culprits that half of Spain is addicted to their guacamole sauce.
Día also says on its website that its avocados originated in Spain, although it does not say exactly where. While Carrefour works its bio range with the Spanish Bargosa although the origin of avocados is Peru, as can be seen on the web. According to Open Food Facts, Lidl’s avocados are from Malaga and they are also distributed in Germany.
What controls are the avocados in Spain? In Spain we can be calm about the case of listeria, not only because we are caught away from the United States, but because the avocados go through health and quality controls.It controls the “size, shape, color of the skin or skin, absence of defects such as malformations, sunburn, wounds and staining (scrapes, insect damage, nail damage and scars) caused by the wind), rancidity and browning of the pulp, and absence of diseases, including anthracnose and stalk scarring, according to the website of the Cabinet of Agricultural Technical Engineers.
In addition, the CODEX Standard for avocado, makes it clear that “The product must comply with the microbiological criteria established in accordance with the Principles for the Establishment and Application of Criteria Microbiological to the Foods “, reason for which numerous controls are realized before arriving at the commerce where we can acquire them.