The Mexican mango grower-shipper whose fruit was linked to 127 cases of salmonella in the U.S. in 2012 says the Food and Drug Administration has released it from an import alert, allowing the company to ship to the U.S.
Agricola Daniella, whose Daniella brand fruit was removed from dozens of retailers' shelves in the wake of the outbreak, completed food safety programs and audits that removed the import alert. The alert effectively bans companies from exporting to the U.S.
“We are very proud of the process we concluded, because it will reactivate the dynamics of our production and will allow hundreds of people to go back to their jobs, in both sides of the border,” said Agricola Daniella director Daniel Juan Pablo Ibarra, in a news release.
The Los Mochis-based company is in a northern Mexico growing region that's exempt from hot-water treatment protocals for pests because the U.S. has deemed it a "pest-free" zone.
The company has improved its good manufacturing practices (GMPs) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point program, according to the release.
"In the future, we will strengthen our food safety program with new certifications and will keep the level of commitment with our customers and clients,” Ibarra said in the release.