Avocado Recall and Pregnancy By, Dr. Michael Cardwell

The Henry Avocado Company has announced the recall of avocados sold in several states, including Wisconsin. The company found Listeria in routine testing of its packaging facility in California. There have not been any cases of Listeria reported; the company is acting proactively. If you have California Avocados from Henry, you should return them to the store or discard them. Listeria is a VERY uncommon cause of infection, but it can cause harm to your baby if you develop it while pregnant. The symptoms of Listeria infection include fever, body or muscle aches, and GI symptoms like nausea and diarrhea. If you think you have been exposed, take the following action:

  1. If you don’t have or develop any symptoms, there is nothing you need to do. You and your baby are safe.

  2. If you develop mild GI symptoms but no fever, there is still nothing that you need to do. Should you develop a fever greater than 100.8 degrees you should call the clinic.

  3. If you have a fever and the symptoms listed above you should contact the clinic to discuss testing for Listeria and treatment.

Remember that no cases have been reported associated with this recall. It is all precautionary. The treatment for Listeria is a two week course of IV antibiotics and we would not treat anyone preemptive.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Challenges with Lactation?

Do you have concerns about lactation? It is normal to have worries and challenges as you navigate this journey with your baby. Find out what can cause lactation issues, and what can be done to help.

Tips for Managing Stress and Anxiety

In this crazy Coronavirus pandemic, maintaining our physical health, and managing increased stress and anxiety is so important.  Here are some tips to help you cope with increased stress and anxiety.

We Know You've Been Waiting!

Starting May 1st, we will begin phasing in more appointments. If you have an appointment after May 1st, you should keep it if you have a concern that needs attention. Our clinic will be fully operational for all types of appointments May 26th.

Are My Expired Medications Safe to Take?

You don't need to rush out to replace your expired prescription medications. They remain safe and effective. Your pharmacy is overwhelmed right now with the high demand for medications during the cough and flu season compounded by the Coronavirus pandemic.