Certain Mangoes Pose Health Risk: State

After several reports of salmonella poisoning, state health officials put out a mango warning

California health officials issued a food warning Wednesday. They said people should not eat Daniella-brand mangoes because the fruit may be contaminated with salmonella.

The recalled mangoes were packed in Mexico and distributed by Splendid Products in Burlingame, California, according to the California Department of Public Health.

They began investigating the outbreak earlier this week and pulled the trigger on the recall Wednesday. So far, 73 people have been sickened in the Golden state. No deaths have been reported.

Nationally there are 103 cases in 16 states.

 Salmonella poisoning can cause fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramping and diarrhea. It can cause serious illness and death in people with weakened immune systems, children, and the elderly.

The mangoes were sold as individual fruit with the sticker brand “Daniella.”  Each piece of fruit was marked with a small sticker with one of the following codes: 4051, 4959, 4311, 4584 or 3114. Additional photographs of the recalled products are available on the CDPH website.

While the mangoes are no longer being sold, CDPH is concerned that consumers may still have some in their homes.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recently reported illnesses resulting from the same bacterial strain of salmonella a few weeks ago. In the Canadian cases the mangoes were sold individually between July 12 and Aug. 14.

Even before the state put out the warning, Larry Nienkirk, Splendid Products founder, told NBC he was issuing a voluntary recall of Daniella brand mangoes.

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