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FDA cautions about eating or cutting unwashed avocados

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The FDA has recommended that avocados should be thoroughly with water beforehand, even if only the skin of the fruit is to be cut first. This will ensure that dirt and bacteria are not transferred from the knife to the fruit. A new “Summary Report: Whole Fresh Avocados” says that Salmonella may be present on avocados and that Listeria monocytogenes may be present on or in the fruit. The overall prevalence of Salmonella on the samples collected was 0.74%; whereas, the overall prevalence of Listeria monocytogenes in the avocado pulp samples was 0.24% and 17.73% in the avocado skin samples.

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