FDA mum on details, but lifts ban on Daniella mangoes - The Packer

FDA mum on details, but lifts ban on Daniella mangoes

07/11/2013 05:28:00 PM
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“We met with FDA in person, we did a presentation of our improvements. We have certified all our crops, and our packing shed by more than two (food safety) companies.”

U.S. distributor selling Daniella mangoes again

Larry Nienkerk, founder and general manager of Splendid Products, Burlingame, Calif., said July 11 he had already received and shipped Daniella brand mangoes to U.S. customers. He said none of his customers refused the fruit.

“We are in our 18th year of working with this company and are very proud how they have handled the situation,” Nienkerk said. “They have food safety certifications and in recent days just got an impossibly high score of 98 on their field inspections.”

Splendid Products recalled about 250,000 9-pound boxes of Daniella mangoes in August 2012 after health officials in Canada, California and Washington state linked the fruit to salmonella outbreaks.

A string of recalls followed from other distributors, retailers and fresh-cut processors. The other distributors in the U.S. were Coast Citrus Distributors Inc. of San Diego, Food Source Inc. of Edinburg, Texas, and GM Produce Sales, Hidalgo, Texas, according to the FDA website. Calls to Coast Citrus seeking comment were not immediately returned.

At least 23 people in Canada were also reported sick with the same strain of salmonella after eating Agricola Daniella mangoes in summer 2012. The Vancouver-based distributor North American Produce Sales recalled the Daniella fruit two days before recalls began in the U.S.

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