Salmonella Fears Prompt Two More Firms to Recall Mango Products

Salmonella fears have prompted two more firms to recall their mango products, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just announced in two separate recall releases.

Both recalls are associated with recalled mangoes produced by FoodSource of Edinburg, Texas that were sourced from Agricola Daniella. Salmonella, the dangerous, sometimes deadly food borne pathogen, has been linked to these Mexican mangoes, which led to an import alert by the FDA. The FDA is detaining imports of the tropical fruit from a Mexican packing house after the firm’s mangoes were linked to a multi-state Salmonella outbreak.

The agency recently announced the import ban against mango supplier, Agricola Daniella, which maintains a number of plantations and one packing house, located in Sinaloa, Mexico. The new alert bans Agricola Daniella mangoes unless the company can provide testing proof that its mangoes are safe. The FDA warns consumers against eating mangoes from Agricola Daniella. If consumers have recently purchased Daniella brand mangoes, the FDA advises that they should be discarded. The impacted mangoes are identified by product stickers. If a consumer not sure of its origin, the FDA suggests the consumer speak to the retailer concerning brand information; if in doubt, the FDA advises the fruit should be thrown out.

No illnesses have been linked to mango products associated with these two recalls; however, as we’ve explained, it can take six-72 hours from consumption of a contaminated product for the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning—salmonellosis—to appear.

Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. Additional symptoms include chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting that can last up to seven days. The illness usually lasts four to seven days; however, in some, the organism can invade the bloodstream, becoming so severe that hospitalization is required. Sometimes, infection with the Salmonella pathogen can result in, and produce more severe or chronic illnesses and can leave sufferers with serious life-long health issues. Salmonellosis can be especially life threatening to those with weakened immune systems, such as infants; the elderly; and persons with compromised immune systems, such as people with HIV infection or who are undergoing chemotherapy.

FreshLine/Caito Foods Service; Indianapolis, Indiana
Fresh Line/Caito Foods Service is recalling a limited quantity of expired products that contain fresh-cut mangoes. The products were distributed to retail supermarkets. FreshLine has notified all its retailers who received the recalled mango product and directed them to remove the affected product(s) from their store shelves.

The recalled FreshLine/Ciato Foods product is packaged in clear plastic containers (cups, bowls, tubs, and clamshell-type) with printed code dates ranging from 08/04/12 to 09/16/12, which can be found printed on the top or bottom label of each individual package. The affected products were processed by FreshLine between July 26, 2012 and September 6, 2012 and may contain Agricola Daniella mangoes from FoodSource. A detailed recalled product list can be accessed at http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Safety/Recalls/UCM319887.pdf.

Consumers in possession of the recalled FreshLine/Caito Food products should not consume the products and should destroy or discard them. Fresh Line/Caito Foods may be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.428.8078, Monday through Friday (except holidays), from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST).

United Salad Company
This recall involves various products United Salad Company distributes to retail supermarkets and which were distributed to retailers and supermarkets from September 1-17, 2012 in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. A detailed list of the specific products involved may be accessed at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm319752.htm.

United Salad Company directly notified its customers who received the recalled product and requested removal from store shelves. The firm advises consumers in possession of the recalled product to not consume the produce and destroy or discard it. The firm also advises retailers who may have further distributed this product to identify their customers and notify them at once of the recall and inform them to not consume the products and destroy or discard them.

The firm may be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.547.5536, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time (PT).

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