UPDATED: Mexican mangoes wind down as investigation continues

09/07/2012 09:30:00 AM
Tom Karst

Daniella mangoes(UPDATED COVERAGE: Sept. 11)  As the Mexican mango season ends, the investigation of a salmonella outbreak linked to Daniella-brand mangoes appears to be far from finished, with hard evidence of the pathogen on Mexican Daniella mangoes elusive.

The Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local officials were still investigating the multistate outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup as of Sept. 6.

One FDA official, speaking anonymously, said the traceback investigation was still continuing but FDA officials had not yet sent a team to Mexico.

FDA spokesman Sebastian Cianci said officials in California, Canada and at the FDA continue to work to identify other brands and sources of mangoes that may be associated with the illnesses in the U.S.

“Daniella-brand mangoes are a product of Mexico, and therefore FDA is working with the Mexican officials to determine what may have occurred there or elsewhere in the distribution chain that could have contributed to this ongoing outbreak,” Cianci said in a Sept. 6 e-mail.

Armando Celis, spokesman for EMEX, the association of Mexican mango exporters, said in a Sept. 7 e-mail that he was unaware of what FDA or Mexican authorities have discovered so far in the salmonella investigation. He said Mexican mango growers have had food safety and traceability practices in place for ten years.

Celis said it was too early to know the economic impact of the voluntary food safety  recall on the mango export season.  Up to Aug. 31,  he said Mexico has exported 500.9 million pounds mangoes to the U.S. since February. That is up 3.6% over the same period a year ago.

Mexico’s National Service of Health, Food Safety, and Food Quality said in an Aug. 29 release  that there was insufficient evidence to establish an association between the consumption of certain types of mangoes and the presence of infections caused by the Salmonella type Braenderup. The release said Mexico’s food safety authorities would be taking environmental, water and product samples at the Agricola Daniella mango facility in Sinaloa but did not say when the results of those tests would be released.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sept. 6 that Salmonella Braenderup infections in 105 people from 16 states had been reported to PulseNet. The infections were mostly concentrated in California.

The CDC reported 25 hospitalizations but no deaths as a result of the outbreak.


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Jon    
Florida  |  September, 07, 2012 at 12:45 PM

"Nienkerk said there is a wash process protocol for mangoes not treated with hot water that would have allayed food safety concerns." People in the produce industry, ESPECIALLY those who play a role in food safety, really need to realize that PREVENTION is the ONLY way to ensure safe produce. There is NO produce wash that can make contaminated produce safe to eat. There are numerous ways for bacteria on the outside of the produce to make it's way INTO the fruit, where no sanitizing wash can reach it. Any tiny crack, bruise, blemish, insect bite, or stem scar can allow bacteria to enter the fruit. The only legitimate use of "produce washes" is to ensure that the wash water does not pose a cross-contamination risk.

Ben    
USA  |  September, 10, 2012 at 03:49 PM

THE BACK STORY BEHIND THE DANIELLA MANGO RECALL ... http://mangoworldmagazine.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-back-story-behind-daniella-mango.html#!/2012/09/the-back-story-behind-daniella-mango.html ... The most recent rebuttal by Splendid Products; in USA Today , (which is conveniently headquartered in Washington D.C., close to the offices of the Beltway Law firm retained by Larry Nienkirk of Splendid Products) : First we were informed that the scope of the recall is roughly 100,00 (4kg) cartons out of roughly 2.5 to 3 million cartons shipped by Agricola Daniella. Now we are learning that The packing shed is located in Northern Sinaloa: "The fruit was grown by Agricola Daniela, a large grower near the town of Ahome, on the coast of the Sea of Cortez in the northwestern part of the Mexican state of Sinaloa, DelBuono said." Now Mr. DelBuono is trying to convince the general public that mangoes only have an 8 day shelf life once sold: "Mangoes typically have a shelf life of between five and eight days from the day they're sold, DelBuono said. "At this point, there are few mangoes even out there, between the recall and the fact that they would have been consumed or thrown out by the consumer." NICE TRY! The Keitt variety mangoes can last as long as 45 days from harvest in an extreme case. With Northern Sinaloa only hours away from the USA border, The statement by Mr. ... Read full story by clicking the link above as space in this comment section is limited.

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