Brooks Tropicals recalls avocados after FDA salmonella test

08/11/2014 02:46:00 PM
Coral Beach

Brooks TropicalsBrooks Tropicals LLC, Homestead, Fla., has recalled 401 boxes of fresh, green-skinned avocados because a routine random sample test by the Food and Drug Administration returned a positive result for salmonella.

Only fruit shipped with the lot number 2610 is included in the recall, according to the Aug. 8 notice on the company’s website. No illnesses have been reported in connection to the Brooks avocados and the FDA had not posted a recall notice as of Aug. 11.

The bulk fruit was shipped to five states: Florida, New York, Illinois, Georgia and New Jersey, according to the company statement.

“All customers shipped Lot No. 2610 have been notified and since product was packed over three weeks ago on July 15, no product should remain in the market since the product is greatly beyond its shelf life,” according to the company notice.

Bill Brindle, vice president of sales and marketing for Brooks Tropicals, said Aug. 11 that the FDA collected the test sample from one of the company’s wholesale customer’s warehouses.

He said FDA has inspected the Brooks facilities, collecting environmental samples as well as multiple avocado samples. None of those samples returned positive results, Brindle said. Brooks officials are cooperating with FDA to try to determine the root cause of the salmonella, which was confirmed on fruit collected July 16.

“The fruit was packed on July 15 and has about a 10-day shelf life,” according to the notice on the Brooks website. “Positive analysis confirmed verbally by FDA was only received Aug. 6.

“Brooks Tropicals is and remains committed to being a quality producer of Florida green-skinned avocados,” according to the company statement. “Brooks Tropicals is currently reviewing all policies and procedures associated with our food safety program to minimize any future occurrence.”

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