Mexican Mangoes Possibly Tainted With Salmonella

An official recall has not been ordered but health officials are warning consumers not to eat mangoes from one Mexican supplier.

By Samantha Tata
|  Saturday, Sep 15, 2012  |  Updated 2:27 PM PDT
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Mangoes from a Mexican packing house are prohibited from entering the U.S. and a Northern California produce distributor has issued a voluntary recall after the fruit tested positive for Salmonella.

Consumers are being warned not to eat mangoes from Agricola Daniella, a mango supplier with multiple plantations and a single packing house in Sinalao, Mexico, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The distributor has been placed on Import Alert.

"This means that Agricola Daniella mangoes will be denied admission into the United States unless the importer shows they are not contaminated with Salmonella, such as by using private laboratories to test the mangoes," according to a statement released Friday night by the FDA.

Certain lots of Daniella-brand mangoes were recalled on Aug. 29 by Splendid Products in Burlingame, Calif., according to the FDA. A Canadian importer has also issued a voluntary recall of fruit from the Mexican plant.

The Salmonella warning applies only to Daniella-brand mangoes, which health officials are urging consumers to throw away. The mangoes should be identified by stickers bearing the brand name. If there are no stickers on the fruit, consumers should ask their retailer where the mangoes are from.

At least 121 people in 15 states have been sickened by the outbreak strain Salmonella Braenderup, which has been attributed to various sources including the Mexican mangoes, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports.

Ninety-three of those infections have been reported in California.

"The California Department of Public Health has traced several illnesses of the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup through the supply chain to Agricola Daniella," according to the FDA.

Most people infected with Salmonella will develop symptoms within 12 to 72 hours, including diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.

The illness, which usually lasts four to seven days, can be potentially life-threatening for young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Still, most people recover without treatment.

Friday’s health warning was the second in three days. Cantaloupes and ricotta were recalled this week after it was discovered they may be contaminated with salmonella and listeria respectively.

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