(UPDATED COVERAGE, 4:20 p.m.) United Supermarkets, Lubbock, Texas, is recalling all Mexican-grown mangoes and fresh-cut products containing them because of salmonella outbreaks in the U.S. that may be linked to the fruit.
United spokeswoman Kerri Fulks said the chain opted to recall all Mexican mangoes becuase their buyer was not sure what brand of organic mangoes were currently in stock at the chain's three banners: United Supermarkets, Market Street and Amigos.
"All the mangoes United Supermarkets recalled were Daniella brand except for the organics," Fulks said. "United’s buyer did not know the brand of the organic mangoes, but recalled them as a precautionary measure as well because they, too, were from Mexico."
Fulks said Topco, Skokie, Ill., supplied the mangoes through the United Supermarkets purchasing consortium. Officials at Topco did not immediately return calls.
A statement issued by United said the decision to remove all Mexican mangoes — and not just the Daniella brand named by distributors and retailers — is because of “possible salmonella contamination in other parts of the country.”
Other retailers and distributors posted recall notices or called consumers at home warning them about Daniella brand Mexican mangoes potentially contaminated with salmonella. Those retailers and distributors include: Roundy's Supermarkets Inc. banners of Copps, Pick 'n Save, Rainbow, Metro Market and Mariano's; Ciruli Bros.; Giant Food LLC; Top Food & Drug; Charlie's Produce and Costco.
California health officials said that although mangoes are definitely the source, information is inconclusive regarding the brand or country of origin.
The California Department of Health is continuing to investigate a 73-person outbreak. Two-thirds of the infected people in California have reported eating mangoes before becoming ill with the same strain of salmonella found in 22 sick people in Canada and six people in Washington.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency expanded its hazard notice about mangoes on Aug. 28 to include Daniella mangoes distributed by Mex Y Can Trading Inc. with Price Look-up codes of 4051 and 4959.
Courtesy Splendid ProductsWholesaler Splendid Products provided this photo to help retailers identify the mangoes the company is recalling. The Canadian agency announced Aug. 25 that Daniella mangoes from Mexico distributed by National American Produce Sales, Vancouver, B.C., with PLUs of 4959, which were recalled beginning Aug. 25. The mangoes in Canada were sold at retail from July 12 through Aug. 28.