September 14, 2012 — Federal health investigators have conclusively linked an outbreak of salmonella food poisoning to mangoes imported from Agricola Daniella, of Sinaloa, Mexico. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has placed an Import Alert on mangoes from the company, meaning that they will be denied entrance to the United States at the border.
Customers who have purchased Daniella brand mangoes should throw them away. Individual mangoes should be marked with a sticker labeled with the Daniella brand. If a customer is in doubt about an unmarked mango, throw it away. After handling a contaminated mango, customers should wash their hands thoroughly. The customer should also take care to disinfect any surfaces the mango may have contacted — including utensils, cutting boards, surfaces, etc.
Daniella brand mangoes were previously recalled on August 29, 2012 by two importers, one located in the United States and one in Canada. A few other companies that used the mangoes in their products have also issued recalls.
Health investigators at the federal and state levels have been working to confirm the source of the salmonella outbreak. There have been 105 confirmed cases of salmonella poisoning in 16 states, with 36% of cases requiring hospitalization. The California Department of Public Health conducted interviews with people who tested positive for Salmonella Braenderup, the strain of salmonella linked to the mango outbreak. Of these people, about two-thirds reported eating mangoes before getting sick.
Federal health authorities visited several plantations and a packing facility operated by Agricola Daniella. They positively identified the Salmonella Braenderup bacteria at the facilities.
People who eat fruit contaminated with salmonella can become sick after slicing the fruit with a knife, which transfers the bacteria from the skin of the fruit to the inner flesh. After ingesting the bacteria, it typically causes salmonellosis within 72 hours. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps, fever, headache, and muscle aches for up to a week. Children under 5 years old are highly susceptible to the illness, and they can become very seriously ill. Salmonellosis is especially life-threatening for children, the elderly, and people who have a weak immune system.
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