Agricola Daniella mangoes added to FDA import alert list

09/13/2012 02:39:00 PM
Tom Karst

For updated coverage on this story see our Sept. 14 article "FDA confirms salmonella on Agricola Daniella mangoes."

Sinaloa, Mexico-based Agricola Daniella has been formally added to the Food and Drug Administration’s import alert list as of Sept. 12.

Daniella brand mangoes from Mexico have been linked to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup infections in 105 people in 16 states since July 1, with 25 hospitalizations among those who were sickened.

In total, Splendid Products, Burlingame, Calif., and various U.S. retailers and produce marketers issued more than a dozen recalls through Sept. 13 on mangoes sold from July 12 to Aug. 29.

The Food and Drug Administration’s import alert listing states FDA officials may detain, without physical examination, fresh produce from grower-shippers identified due to the suspected presence of pathogenic contamination. The import alert indicates the agency has enough evidence or other information to refuse admission of future shipments of an imported product. Items subject to an import alert may either be permitted or refused entry, based on information from the importer and tests verifying the product is safe, according to the FDA Web site.

Agricola Daniella is a Sinaloa mango grower/packer handling 60 million pounds of fruit annually, according to the National Mango Board Web site.

Sylvia Gaytan, Dallas-based public affairs spokeswoman for the FDA in Arizona, said Sept. 13 the investigation into the outbreak tied to Daniella mangoes continue.

William Watson, executive director of the National Mango Board, Orlando, Fla., said the mango industry aims to see what went wrong and how it can be corrected.

“As always, our first priority are those sickened after consuming mangoes, then working with federal agencies to execute a successful investigation and improve the mango industry’s quality and safety standards,” he said in an e-mail.



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