FDA issues avocado warning

Do you wash an avocado before eating it? According to a recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report, you should, because the skin of the fruit could contain trace amounts of Listeria monocytogenes.

In a report released earlier this month, the FDA announced the results of a 2014-2016 study where researchers tested more than 1,000 imported and domestic avocado skins for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

By the end, the FDA concluded Listeria monocytogenes were present on the skin of more than 17 percent of the avocados tested. Less than 1 percent tested positive for trace amounts of Salmonella.

“The findings of this assignment affirm that Salmonella may be present on avocados and that Listeria monocytogenes may be present on or in the fruit,” the FDA said in the report.