Recalls continue but mango market stable, Watson says

09/21/2012 10:27:00 AM
Tom Karst

Additional recalls of mango products sold by Winn Dixie, Tom Thumb, Kroger, Wal-Mart and other retailers related to the Salmonella Braenderup foodborne illness outbreak linked to Agricola Daniella mangoes continued to trickle in through mid-September.

Even so, a leading industry source said the mango market appeared near normal by Sept. 20.

Courtesy National Mango BoardWilliam Watson, National Mango Board“We have not seen a significant impact on consumption or the market,” said William Watson, executive director of the National Mango Board, Orlando, Fla.

Watson also said f.o.b. prices are also similar to a year ago.

“When you look at it overall, you can see that consumers are still enjoying good mangoes.”

Media coverage of the foodborne outbreak linked to Agricola Daniella mangoes, which began the last week of August, peaked around Sept. 7 and has since subsided, Watson said.

While the Mexican mango season was finished, new supplies from Brazil, California and shortly from Ecuador and Peru will meet consumer demand, he said.

Other than the additional recalls announced by food companies linked to Agricola Daniella brand mangoes, no updates were provided on the investigation by the Food and Drug Administration.

Armando Celis, spokesman for EMEX, the association of Mexican mango exporters, said in a Sept. 20 e-mail that Mexican authorities have not yet confirmed the presence of salmonella on the mangoes.

Among the mango recalls announced in mid-September — all related to Agricola Daniella sourced mangoes — Coral Gables, Fla.-based Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. announced a voluntary recall of 1,600 bowls of fresh-cut mangoes distributed to retail outlets in Florida, Georgia and several other states due to the potential risk that the mangoes may contain salmonella.

In another recall, GHSW, LLC of Houston, Texas initiated a voluntary recall of a limited quantity of expired products that contain fresh-cut mangoes and distributed to retail supermarkets, including Winn Dixie, Randall’s and Tom Thumb. The recall is associated with Food Source’s recall of mangoes sourced from Agricola Daniella, according to a news release from the company. The products were distributed through retail stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

FreshLine/Caito Foods Service, Indianapolis, Ind., also announced a recall of a limited quantity of expired fresh-Cut mango products associated with Edinburg, Texas-based FoodSource’s recall of mangoes.

FreshLine has directly notified all retailers which received the products, including Kroger, Wal-Mart and others, and directed them to remove affected products from their store shelves, according to the release. In another recall linked to Agricola Daniella-brand mangoes, Portland, Ore.-based United Salad Co. has issued a precautionary recall on various products distributed to supermarkets in the Northwest.

The products were distributed by United Salad to supermarkets in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington from Sept. 1-17, according to the Sept. 17 release.

For a full listing of all the details associated with the mango recalls, visit the FDA Web site.



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