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As Salmonella Outbreak Investigation Continues, Retailers Recall Mangoes from Mexico

More than 100 ill in Salmonella Braenderup outbreak

Nearly a dozen U.S. retailers have recalled Mexican mangoes for potential Salmonella contamination as federal and state health officials investigate the cause of a multistate Salmonella Braenderup outbreak that has sickened over 100 people.

The recalls come just days after Canadian health officials announced a 22 person outbreak from an identical strain of Salmonella linked to mangoes imported from Mexico. Over the weekend, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency recalled Daniella brand mangoes that were sold between July 12 and August 14. According to CFIA, the individual fruit may have a sticker referencing PLU 4959.

According to a roundup of retailers at eFoodAlert, Copps, Giant Food, Mariano’s, Martin’s Food Market, Metro Market, Pick’n Save, Rainbow, Stop & Shop, TOP Food & Drug and Costco have all recalled Daniella brand mangoes from Mexico over concerns about Salmonella contamination. Most of the recalls list only PLU 4959, but TOP Food & Drug also lists PLUs 3114, 4051, 4311 and 4584 in their recall.

Produce importers and distributors Charlie’s Produce — based in Washington state — and Splendid Products — based in California — also recalled Daniella mangoes, but Splendid listed different PLU numbers on their website for consumers www.splendidmangoes.com (which was given to Food Safety News via an answering service). Splendid listed PLUs 4312 and 4961 as well as four other numbers recalled by TOP, but did not list 4311 in their recall.

The company has not responded to questions about which states and retailers their product was shipped to. The label and box photos supplied by Splendid indicate that Primus Labs was involved with the company’s food safety and traceability scheme.

Primus Labs was also the auditor for Jensen Farms, the Colorado cantaloupe grower at the center of the 2011 Listeria outbreak now blamed for 33 deaths.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe there are around 101 reported cases of Salmonella Braenderup that may be linked to imported mangoes. According to eFoodAlert, those illnesses have been reported in the following states: California (75), Oregon (1), Washington (6), Texas (2) and New York (3).

Of the patients who have been interviewed in California, 67 percent reported eating mangoes, according to California Department of Public Health spokesman Matt Conens, but state officials said they have not yet identified specific mango brand or source yet.

Washington state spokesman Donn Moyer told Food Safety News Tuesday that while state officials do not have a conclusive link between those ill with the outbreak strain and consumption of mangoes, it is very unusual to see such an uptick in illnesses from that particular strain. Washington state has not reported anyone sickened with the same strain of Salmonella since the end of July.

California health officials said they are coordinating with other states, CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as well as Canadian health officials.

CDC spokeswoman Lola Russell confirmed that, as of Tuesday, California was taking the lead on the investigation, but federal officials were likely to “move forward within a few days.” Russell said that CDC would post an outbreak update as soon as more information is available.

“FDA is engaged in this investigation, which has been a fast-moving outbreak,” said FDA spokeswoman Patricia El-Hinnawy. “Once FDA became involved we began coordinating with the state of California, which is leading the investigation, to get up to speed on the progress of their investigation. Once we can examine the information the state has collected first hand, we can make decisions on our next steps.”

Eating food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, a common foodborne illness that can be life-threatening, particularly to small children, the elderly, or those with weakened immune systems such as people undergoing chemotherapy.

Symptoms — which include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, chills and vomiting — usually begin between 8 and 72 hours of consuming contaminated food. Anyone exhibiting symptoms and concerned they may have a foodborne illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Images courtesy of Splendid Products.

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  • http://foodsafetynews.com Crystal Wilson

    I appreciate that Costco puts out an “all call” for customers who have purchased fresh mangos; however, I am confused in that the mangos I purchased have the PLU #4959, the tag says FRESKA.
    Please let me know if indeed this is the same product.
    Thanks and regards,
    Crystal Wilson

    • Anna

      it says in a different article that #4959 is also a part of this recall

  • Debra Strand

    I bought at least two boxes of mangos at Costco and recieved the food Alpert about potential sallminilla but have had no problems. I dont remember the stickers on the mangos and have frozen/vacuum froze most. I have. I have no idea if they were Splendid brand but may remember the boxes they came in. Can you send me a picture of the Splendid boxes?? I hate to throw these all away if they are not that brand in question .
    I did wash the mangos before cuting them and freezing them. Wouldnt that prevent sallminilla ?
    Debra Strand
    36O 4566244

  • Dhiru Patel

    We have bought three Boxes of Magoes form Grocery store called Cash abd Carry in Atesia, CA. 90701 and we have eat half of them. We read that this mangoes, sticker referencing PLU 4959(outbreak from an identical strain of Salmonella linked to mangoes imported from Mexico)and 67 percent reported eating mangoes, according to California Department of Public Health. What step we should take for any illness?
    Thanks,
    Dhiru Patel
    T

  • Stephanie Thornton

    I bought a box of mangos from Costco in San Diego during the time period listed. After looking at the sticker on my remaining mangos, it does not appear that these are the same mangos as the ones in question. The stickers on them have a brand that says DIAZTECA # 4584. I have thrown away the box. Not sure what color the box was. Sounds like this is not the same product? They were sure good! And we did eat the first one more than three days ago. Everyone in my family seems healthy.
    But thanks Costco for keeping us informed.
    Stephanie

  • Matthew Tanner

    I think that the article & the resultant comments point to the fact that this is a confusing recall (consumers don’t typically differentiate PLU vs. Label). I never knew that mangoes 10 different PLU codes (www.plucodes.com)? How about dried mangoes, seems that could be an issue down the road if a specific grower, grove or lot is pin-pointed?

  • Matthew Tanner

    I think that the article & the resultant comments point to the fact that this is a confusing recall (consumers don’t typically differentiate PLU vs. Label). I never knew that mangoes 10 different PLU codes (www.plucodes.com)? How about dried mangoes, seems that could be an issue down the road if a specific grower, grove or lot is pin-pointed?

  • Wesley M

    Hey! This is a very serious matter.
    What is the security that we all have when we buy imported fruit from now?
    No authority has been able to identify this problem in time?
    If someone dies because of it, who will be blamed?

  • Armando

    I bought two Daniella cases at Costco in Harrisonburg Va. And I made smooties and I’ve belén sick all week; I had my friends over and they became sick from the smoothies as well. I’m waiting for doctor test results.

  • Louise ganitis

    I’ve been soooo sick since yesterday. I’d never thrown up so much in my life. Now i know why. I ate one of these mangos. I just can’t believe that this happened and i didnt see anything on tv. Isn’t this supposed to be important? How many people were affected? How many people even know about this? I’m schocked and agravated.

  • Nancy

    Bougth mangos from Costo Rohnert Park CA – box says Mango KBest -do I have anything to worry about? Am feelings kind of sick :-(

  • Joy

    I got sick within 8 hours with severe vomiting after eating one slice of dried mango from Happy Valley Farms that was purchased at Costco. This was the only thing that I ate that was different from the rest of my family and they did not get sick. I was the only one who ate the dried Mango. I wonder if you can get salmonella from dried Mango. I live in San Diego, CA.