Food and Drug Administration officials say they working on the “fast-moving outbreak” that includes as many as 101 sick people in the U.S., but California’s health investigators are still leading the investigation.
“Preliminary information indicates that mangoes are a likely source for the illnesses in the United States,” according to an FDA notice Aug. 29.
Lola Scott-Russell, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Aug. 29 the agency was working with state and federal officials across the country on the investigation. She said multiple states are involved, in addition to California and Washington, but declined to name the additional states until their health officials had given permission.
In the United Supermarkets recall notice, Tommy Wilkins, director of produce procurement, said there is “no evidence at this time that any products that have come through our stores were contaminated…” The chain anticipates having California mangoes in stock within days.
Costco's vice president for food safety Craig Wilson said the club store is not recalling the mangoes, rather, it is executing the recall initiated by one of its vendors, Splendid Products.
"They notified us Monday (Aug. 27) and we pulled all of the Daniella mangoes from our stores," wilson said Aug. 29. "We called about 213,000 consumers Tuesday to let them know (about the potential contamination)."
Wilson said Costco received about 43,000 cases of the Daniella red mangoes from Mexico, which went to individual stores in the Northwest, Northeast, San Diego and Los Angeles.
Distributor Splendid Products, Burlingame, Calif., initiated its recall of Daniella mangoes Aug. 26. General manager Larry Nienkerk said the company notified customers, asking them to pull all Daniella mangoes.
“We want to let everyone know our top priority is public safety,” Nienkerk said. “We have notified all of our customers ... and we are working with all the government agencies that are involved. We didn’t want to wait.”
Courtesy Splendid ProductsSplendid Products posted this sticker from Daniella brand mangoes as an example for consumers. Splendid is recalling mangoes with several different Price Look-Up codes in addition to the 3114 code. Initially Splendid Products was recalling Daniella mangoes with PLUs of 4959. However, information from the company at www.splendidmangos.com includes additional PLUs of 3114, 4051 and 4311.