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WARNING: Listeria Found On Avocados

The FDA has issued a warning that it is crucial to wash your avocados before eating them. Over an 18 month study, avocado skin samples tested positive for bacteria like salmonella and listeria.

You may be thinking why this matters especially since you don’t plan to eat the outer skin of an avocado. Well, you may want to think twice because when the knife you’re using cuts through the outer skin of an avocado you can potentially contaminate the flesh of the fruit, which is the part your eat.

Before you start freaking out, the likelihood of the bacteria contaminating the fleshy part via a knife is slim. According to studies, 0.24 percent of the avocados tested were found to have listeria within their edible portions. Regardless the FDA recommends you wash your avocados before cutting them. The last thing you want is to get sick from eating the guac.

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