By the end of October, the mango outbreak was declared over and the National Mango Board said it was taking steps to ensure safe product for consumers.
The 15-state salmonella outbreak linked to Daniella mangoes from Mexico is over, according to federal officials, who said 127 people in the U.S. fell ill between July 3 and Sept. 1. No deaths were linked to the outbreak.
In its final update issued Oct.12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also reported a three-state outbreak of a different strain of salmonella had sickened 16 people from July 19-Sept. 12. More than three-fourths of those people reported eating mangoes the week before they became ill.
CDC officials said in the report the three-state outbreak was possibly connected to the larger outbreak, especially because one victim was infected with both strains of salmonella.
Mango group reassessing GAPs after outbreak
By Tom Karst, National Editor
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Food and Drug Administration is ramping up inspections of mangoes after a salmonella outbreak led to numerous recalls of Daniella-brand mangoes from Mexico this summer.
William Watson, executive director of the National Mango Board, spoke about the recall to mango growers, importers and others during a reception at Fresh Summit 2012 sponsored by the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas.
He said the board is taking steps to ensure safe mangoes for consumers after the outbreak, which sickened 127 people.
The board has undertaken risk assessments in the U.S., Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, and Guatemala. A scientific advisory board is being formed to review findings of the risk assessment and develop good agricultural practices — especially for post-harvest operations.