Mango recalls continue for whole and fresh-cut fruit

09/02/2012 02:05:00 PM
Chris Koger

Triple B. Corp., Seattle, doing business as Real Foods, Kent, Wash., and Charlie’s Produce, Anchorage, Alaska, recalled 13 fresh-cut products, some with the Wal-Mart and Costco brands. All products processed by Real Foods and Charlie’s were shipped to delis and retailers in Washington and Alaska, respectively, according to a news release.

On Aug. 30, Pacific Coast Fruit Co., Portland, Ore., recalled a salad and salsa containing Daniella mangoes distributed by Splendid Products LLC, Burlingame, Calif. They were shipped to retailers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska.

Mauldin, S.C.,-based retailer Bi-Lo recalled Daniella brand mangoes Aug. 31 with a UPC of 0-00000-04051. They were distributed to Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Winn-Dixie stores on Aug. 31 recalled four fresh-cut products containing Daniella brand mangoes. The products, made by the Renaissance Food Group, were shipped to Winn-Dixie stores in central and south Florida.

World Foods LLC recalled six Winn-Dixie fruit salads and two Garden Highway salsas on Aug. 30. Kym Merrill, spokeswoman for the company, said there have been no reported illnesses attributed to the recall items.


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Concerned consumer    
Anywhere that we eat  |  September, 02, 2012 at 04:14 PM

How can Salmonella a fruit? I understand that it is only possible through the skin of the fruit is this true? Can cross contamination occur, say from one dirty truck? or is it only linked to one source, such as a dirty packing conveyor belt? or was it in the wash water? If we are to purchase fruit contaminated with Salmonella, and we cannot visually detect it, can a soap and water rinse take care of it? Or does it have to be something more powerful than soap and water? Thanks

Informado    
McAllen, TX  |  September, 04, 2012 at 09:07 AM

It may have to do with the hot water treatment done to kill any fruit fly eggs or larvae that might be present. Mangoes expand very slightly as they are heated and a little water from the treatment tanks may enter the mango through the stem end. This has happened before. So washing would not remove the disease if this was indeed the case. The water is not hot enough to kill the Salmonella. Chlorination of the water (which is supposed to be done) would solve this problem, as would replacing hot water immersion with irradiation. Regarding chlorination, because the water is hot chlorine does not last long and needs to be replenished.

Luis    
Mexico  |  September, 04, 2012 at 03:46 PM

Dear Customer and Informado: The Daniella Mangos came from northwest Mexico area free of fruit fly, therefore they don’t have hot water treatment, and therefore I believe this was not the case here. My take is a cross contamination in the consumption areas, testing has done with a lot Mexican mangos in the last week and none have been positive.

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