“Fruiti Pops” Brand Mamey Pulp frozen Fruit Bars Recalled

We’ve been following the ongoing Goya Foods, Inc. recall of frozen mamey fruit, which has led to an outbreak of <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Typhoid Fever, which is caused by Salmonella Typhi.

In response to the voluntary recall of Goya Foods, Inc. frozen mamey pulp, Fruiti Pops, Inc. of Santa Fe Springs, CA is now recalling its Fruiti Pops four-ounce. Mamey frozen fruit bars due to a potential health risk from Salmonella typhi. No illnesses have been reported, to date, related to Fruiti Pops Mamey fruit bars; no other flavors of Fruiti Pops fruit bars or any other products produced by Fruiti Pops, Inc. are affected by this recall.

The recalled fruit bars were distributed in the states of California, Arizona, and Texas through distributorships. Consumer may also have purchased the recalled product from retail locations, mobile vendors, vending machines, or distribution outlets. The recalled Mamey fruit product comes in clear polypropylene packaging and is not labeled with lot numbers or expiration dates. The UPC of the recalled product is 763734000097.

Fruiti Pops, Inc. is issuing this recall due to Goya Foods, Inc. recall of their 14-ounce frozen mamey pulp. As of May 2009, Fruiti Pops used Goya Foods, Inc. frozen mamey pulp in its four-ounce Mamey fruit bars. Consumers who purchased Fruiti Pops four-ounce Mamey fruit bars since May 2009 can return the product to the place of purchase for a refund. Fruiti Pops, Inc. can be reached at (562) 404-2568, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

We recently wrote that an urgent, nationwide fruit pulp recall was issued for frozen mamey fruit. Mamey fruit, also known as “zapote,” is large, round, with brown skin and a fleshy orange pulp; is typically grown in the tropical lowlands of Central America; and is very popular in the Hispanic community, especially in “batidos”: Juice and fruit shakes.

The FDA warned consumers not to eat frozen mamey fruit pulp sold under the La Nuestra brand by Montalvan Sales Inc. Ontario, California, or the Goya brand by Goya Foods Inc. Secaucus, New Jersey. An investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state partners found an epidemiologic link between an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella Typhi and recalled products. At that time, the CDC reported that at least nine people in California and Nevada fell ill with typhoid fever.

Salmonella Typhi infections cause typhoid fever, which is more common in developing countries. Eight of those who fell ill report not having traveled outside the U.S.

Salmonella Typhi only lives in humans. Infection results from consuming food or beverages handled by a person shedding S. Typhi or if sewage contaminated with S. Typhi bacteria gets into the water used for drinking or washing food. Once S. Typhi bacteria are consumed, they multiply and spread into the bloodstream. The body reacts with fever, severe abdominal pain, and other signs and symptoms.

Most ill persons require hospitalization for antibiotic treatment. Those with typhoid fever carry the bacteria in their bloodstream and intestinal tract; a small number, called carriers, recover from typhoid fever but continue to carry the bacteria. Both ill persons and carriers shed S. Typhi in their feces (stool). To confirm typhoid fever, stool samples or blood must be tested for the presence of Salmonella Typhi. Consumers who suspect that they have typhoid fever should see their health care professionals immediately.

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