5. Tainted mangoes force recalls - The Packer

5. Tainted mangoes force recalls

12/28/2012 11:56:00 AM
Chuck Robinson

Things looked pretty rosy in June for mango grower-shippers. Mexico was sending record volumes to the U.S., and there was ample supply for promotions.

Then in August, salmonella outbreaks cast a pall on the optimism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 127 people fell ill from a 15-state salmonella outbreak linked to Mexican mangoes from Agricola Daniella. No deaths were attributed to the outbreak.

As many as 1 million Daniella-brand mangoes from 15 companies were recalled from late August to late September.

Mexico’s mango season was winding down when the outbreak news hit.

Sept. 3
Daniella mangoes pulled from U.S.,  Canadian stores
By Coral Beach, Staff Writer

Federal officials believe “mangoes are likely causing” a salmonella outbreak that has reached 16 states and sent 25 people to hospitals in the U.S. Splendid Products stopped distributing Daniella-brand mangoes from Mexico and began pulling the fruit back from customers on Aug. 26 because Canadian health officials reported they could be contaminated with the salmonella strain that has sickened people there, said Larry Nienkerk, owner of Splendid Products, the Burlingame, Calif., distributing company.

By late September, the number of recalls had multiplied. However, little impact was seen on the market.

Sept. 24
Mango product recalls continue
By Tom Karst, National Editor

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.

“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 similar to a year ago.

Agricola Daniella mangoes added to import alert list
By Tom Karst, National Editor

Sinaloa, Mexico-based Agricola Daniella has been formally added to the Food and Drug Administration’s import alert list as of Sept. 12.

In total, Splendid Products, Burlingame, Calif., and various U.S. retailers and produce marketers issued more than a dozen recalls through Sept. 13 on mangoes sold from July 12 to Aug. 29.

The Food and Drug Administration’s import alert listing states FDA officials may detain, without physical examination, fresh produce from grower-shippers identified because of the suspected presence of pathogenic contamination.

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