The California-based grower and distributor Henry Avocado started voluntarily withdrawing its avocados from the United States on Monday, March 25, after a routine inspection at its packing plant. Some samples had tested positive for listeria and the alarm was raised.
In Spain, there is no need to fear, since Henry Avocado does not distribute to any of its markets.
In the case of Spain's largest retailer, Mercadona, its supplier is the Malaga-based Frutas Montosa. They are responsible for having got half of Spain addicted to their guacamole sauce.
Dia also says on its website that its avocados are Spanish, although it does not say exactly where they come from. Meanwhile Carrefour relies on the Spanish Bargosa for its bio range, although the origin of the avocados is Peru, as also stated on the website. According to Open Food Facts, Lidl's avocados are from Malaga and are also distributed in Germany.
What controls do avocados undergo in Spain?
In Spain, consumers have no reason to fear, not only because of the distance with the United States, but also because the avocados undergo stringent health and quality controls.
These serve to assess the "size, shape or color of the skin or shell, and to confirm the absence of defects such as malformations, sunburn, wounds and spotting. Moreover, they are checked for diseases, including anthracnose and stem-end rot," as outlined on the website of the Cabinet of Agricultural Technical Engineers.
Furthermore, the CODEX Standard for Avocados makes it clear that "The product must comply with the microbiological criteria established in accordance with the Principles for the Establishment and Application of Microbiological Criteria for Foods", which is why numerous controls are carried out before the fruit can reach the shelves.