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Mango alert - Salmonella in 15 states prompts FDA import halt

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Splendid Products voluntarily recalled certain Daniella Brand mangos in August 2012

An import alert was announced Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) against Agricola Daniella after the company's mangos were linked to salmonella illnesses in 15 states.

The alert means the U.S. will not accept the fruit, unless Agricola Daniella can show test results that prove the mangos are safe. The supplier has multiple plantations and a single packing house located in Sinaloa, Mexico.

Last month, a California importer recalled the Daniella brand mangos, sold at various U.S. retailers between July 12 and Aug. 29, after they were linked to dozens of illnesses, most of them in California. 

No deaths have been reported, however the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that the illness count is now at 121. Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12-72 hours after infection. Illness lasts four days to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.

An exhaustive study by Mexican authorities found no contamination at the packing house, said Mexican government officials, who determined no connection between the Mexican product and the U.S. outbreak, according to the Associated Press. 

The most common symptoms of salmonella are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight hours to 72 hours of eating a contaminated product. Salmonella can be life-threatening to some who have weakened immune systems.

Per the FDA:

  • Consumers should not eat Daniella brand mangos. 
  • Consumers with recently purchased Daniella brand mangos they should throw them away. 
  • Mangos can be identified by product stickers. 
  • Mangos without stickers, ask their retailer for brand information. 
  • When in doubt, throw it out. 
  • Contamination may inside and outside of the fruit.
  • After handling these mangos, wash hands with soap and warm water.
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