September 30, 2014

Salmonella Scare Prompts Retailers On Both Coasts To Pull Mangoes From Shelves

A Salmonella outbreak linked to Daniella mangoes from Mexico that has sickened 22 people in Canada and may have sickened as many as 80 people in California and Washington has retailers on both coasts removing mangoes from store shelves. Last week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced that Daniella brand mangoes from Mexico were asscoiated with at least 22 confirmed cases of Salmonella infection.

Giant Food Stores, which operates more than 180 Giant and Martin’s stores throughout  Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, announced that is removing Daniella mangos from store shelves following a voluntary recall by Splendid Products, a tropical fruit distributor based in Burlingame, Calif.. The recalled mangoes were sold  between July 12 and August 24, 2012 with “PLU 4959″ stickers on them.

TOP Foods which operates TOP Food and Drug  and Charlie’s Produce stores , has  removed Daniella mangoes from its locations in Auburn, Edmonds, Federal Way, Grays Harbor, Kent, Lace, Lake Tapps, Olympia, Puyallup, Tacoma,Woodinville and Yakima, Wash.

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection, called salmonellosis, include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever  which usually develop six to 72 hours after ingetsion and can last up to seven days. When diarrhea is severe, dehydration requiring hospitalization can occur. Cases where the infection travels from the gastro-intestinal tract to the bloodstream can be fatal if they are not treated promptly with antibiotics. Those most at risk are children, seniors, pregnant women and others whose immune systems may be compromised.  Anyone who has eaten a mango and develops and illness with these symptoms should see a health care provider.

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