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J. Hellman Frozen Foods, Inc. Recalls Señor Mexicano™ Avocado Pulp Due to Possible Health Risk


Greg Abadjian/213‐243‐9105


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- July 8, 2010 – J. Hellman Frozen Foods, Inc. of Los Angeles, CA is recalling 992 cases (4,960 retail units) of Señor Mexicano™ Avocado Pulp, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short‐term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Señor Mexicano™ Avocado Pulp was distributed in California and Hawaii. Dates and Product Codes as follows: Señor Mexicano™ Avocado Pulp, 2lbs bags (UPC Code 7 503012 650001) with the following Lot number: A 21 04 10 / A 21 04 12.

There have been no illnesses reported in accordance with this recall.

J. Hellman Frozen Foods, Inc. is collaborating with the FDA. This recall notification is being issued out of an abundance of caution based on a confirmed positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample test conducted by the FDA.

We have notified all of our customers who have received the product in question and have directed them to remove it from their shelves and return to us as soon as possible. Because it is possible that products bearing the Lot number A 21 04 10 / A 21 04 12 were further distributed and could be on store shelves and in consumer homes, this recall is being extended to the general public.

We are confident in our safety program and committed to continuing a safe supply of ready to use frozen avocado pulp.

Any Questions or comments please call Greg Abadjian, Director of Food Safety at 213‐243‐9105 between the hours of 4 A.M. to 9:30 A.M.

Instructions for Consumers:

Check your refrigerator/freezers for Señor Mexicano™ Avocado Pulp with the above Lot number. The Lot number can be found on a sticker affixed to the package. Consumers who have the affected product are asked to record the Lot number, and immediately dispose of the product or return to place of purchase for a refund.

Instructions for Retailers/Distributors:

Immediately examine your inventory and quarantine product subject to recall. If you have product purchased between these dates, please with the affected Lot number contact us immediately and return this product as soon as possible in order to credit your account accordingly.

Please identify your customers and notify them at once of this product recall. Your notification to your customers may include a copy of this recall notification.



Produce Market Location
1601 E. Olympic Blvd. #200
Los Angeles, Ca. 90021
Phone: (213) 243‐9105
Fax: (213) 243‐1189
Hours: 1:00am –9:30am
Alameda Trade Center
736 South Alameda Street
Los Angeles, Ca. 90021
Phone: (213) 243‐0003
Fax: (213) 243‐0001
Hours: 5:30am – 3:00pm


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