NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There’s a health alert involving avocados.

The Food and Drug Administration is warning people to thoroughly wash the outside skin of every avocado, even though we just eat the inside.

WEB EXTRA: FDA’s Avocado Safety Report (.pdf)

It turns out one in five avocados tested positive for a bacteria that can cause listeria.

The two year study from 2014-2016 includes both the domestic and imported kinds of avocados.

Listeria symptoms are flu-like, and include muscle aches, fever and vomiting.

  1. Aloha:
    You should be washing ‘all fruits and vegetables’ prior to consuming.
    In food service and in nuclear radiation handling, it’s called, ‘cross contamination’…

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