A ‘mommy blogger’ recently shared a trick on TikTok to keep un-cut avocados fresh.
She claims that whole avocados submerged in water and then refrigerated will stay fresh for up to a month.
The FDA is warning people NOT to do this, because those avocados can end up covered (or filled) with dangerous bacteria.
“The FDA does not recommend this practice,” a spokesperson told Newsweek. “The main concern is with the possibility that any residual human pathogens (i.e. Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella spp, etc.) that may be residing on the avocado surface may potentially multiply during the storage when submerged in water.”
“In addition, research performed by FDA scientists has shown that Listeria monocytogenes has the potential to infiltrate and internalize into the pulp of avocados when submerged in refrigerated dump tanks within 15 days during refrigerated storage, In this case, even surface disinfecting the avocado skin prior to slicing would not be able to remove the contamination.”