Header graphic for print

Food Safety News

Breaking news for everyone's consumption

Mango Outbreak Victim Sues Distributor

A 92-year-old woman sickened in the ongoing Salmonella outbreak linked to contaminated mangoes is suing the company that distributes the implicated fruits.

Dorothy Pearce of Stanwood, Washington filed suit against Splendid Products, Inc. Thursday. The company distributes mangoes that it imports from Mexico under the brand Daniella. These mangoes are the suspected source of the multistate outbreak that has now sickened at least 105 people in 16 states.

Pearce was hospitalized with a Salmonella Braenderup infection after eating a Daniella mango in late August, according to the complaint.

After falling ill on August 20, Pearce was hospitalized at Providence Hospital two days later after experiencing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and severe stomach cramping.

A stool sample taken while she was in the hospital confirmed her infection to be part of the outbreak, which began in early July of this year when the first illnesses were recorded. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 of these victims have been hospitalized. No one has died.

Pearce’s case was filed by Seattle-based law firm Marler Clark, which underwrites Food Safety News.

Pearce was released from the hospital Tuesday.

© Food Safety News
  • Lucy L

    Does everyone remember to wash everything before they eat it? Just think of how many hands have touched that mango since it was grown in Mexico. We need to take responsibility for ourselves, no one else will.

  • Jen

    Washing doesn’t get all the bacteria off, and at 92 she already has a “compromised” immune system. Can’t really blame the woman for any of this.