The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning against a new viral TikTok “hack” where people store avocados in water.

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Videos have gone viral recently of users submerging halved avocados in containers of water as they say it helps keep them fresh for longer. However, an FDA official told Good Morning America that they do not recommend this storage method.

“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,” the FDA official told Good Morning America in a statement.

“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,” they added. “In this case, even surface disinfecting the avocado skin prior to slicing would not be able to remove the contamination.”

Don’t store avocados in water! The best way to store an avocado is in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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