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Organic Mangoes Recalled For Possible Listeria Contamination

Anyone who purchased organic mangoes in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Jersey or Texas since mid-April needs to check their source.

The mangoes were shipped to retailers and distributors in limited quantities only to those five states. The recall notice did not say where the mangoes were grown.

San Francisco-based Pacific Organic Produce has recalled a number of cases of organic Tommy Atkins mangoes sold under the “Purity Organic” brand between April 14 and May 2. No illnesses have yet been associated with the recalled organic mangoes, but the fruit may be contaminated with potentially deadly Listeria monocytogenes.

The PLU numbers on those recalled cases are 94051 & 94959. The PLU number is printed in the middle of the PLU sticker on the fruit.

The organic produce business issued a statement saying the recall was issued as a precaution because a single sample in a FDA test yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes.

Pacific Organic Produce also said it was coordinating closely with regulatory officials and has contacted its customers to ensure that any remaining recalled products are removed.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause foodborne illness in a person who consumes a food item contaminated with it. Symptoms of infection may include fever, muscle aches and gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea.

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  • Dr_Otter

    To avoid confusion, you need to make clear that the mangoes pictured above are NOT of the cultivar that is being recalled. “Tommy Atkins” mangoes are a much different color, more purple. Mangoes like the ones in the picture should be as safe as usual.

    • I love fresh fruit

      That’s not true, Dr. Otter – the mangoes with the PCU #s being recalled DO look like those in the photo. Regardless, everyone should check the the labels on their mangos – don’t rely on posts/info from random people and don’t rely on stock photos.

    • prattlerustler

      Irresponsible comment in my view because one cannot judge the variety from that picture. You really need to see the fruit and post a series of photos showing the variations in appearance of the variety. I have seen millions of mangos and many varieties from many different parts of the world. If I had to bet on it, I’d say those in the photo are T As.

  • J T

    Which south american country are these from?

  • Tourville

    Mexican Grown as most all Mango s

  • Kitsy Hahn

    So much for buying organic!

  • Allure

    Good thing I didn’t but that Tommy Atkins mango at the produce store yesterday.

  • Wouldn’t it be nice of the organic industry started testing organic crops in the field, BEFORE they were shipped to market, to ensure they were safe and genuine?
    Try to imagine the Olympics without athletes being tested for performance-enhancing drugs. That’s how the multibillion dollar organic industry runs.

    • Daddy Mac

      It doesn’t sound like you know a lot about the produce industry. Organic produce is held to the same standards as regular produce PLUS they have to follow strict criteria and complete a rigorous certification process. This type of thing happens all the time with produce, be it organic or not.

      • prattlerustler

        Precisely, and contamination can occur anywhere in the distribution chain, not just the field.

  • AMC

    So..I have these mangoes and have eaten two…don’t have any symptoms…do I have anything to worry about…

  • Sue

    I’ve not eaten mine, but it’s been in my fruit bin with everything else and I’ve been feeling crappy all week. Fantastic news.

  • Sue

    94959 is from Mexico

  • DD

    I’m disgusted and angered. They should consider testing all fruits and vegetables before putting them on shelves. Organic or not….were not paying money to get sick. were paying it to eat and be healthy!

  • bdavisofnv .

    The mango I gave is 4051. I didn’t see a nine. Does the 9 need to be there? It’s been in the fridge with everything else and like another commenter I too have not been feeling well. Thoughts on the number?

  • Laura Singer

    I bought a mango with that number in Oklahoma at Whole Foods, but I’m told that mine is ‘OK’ ?? I don’t understand how this can be? Do we go by the number or NOT? Tommy Adkins,
    PLU 94959