(CBS News) Mangoes from Agricola Daniella, a Mexico-based supplier, should not be bought or eaten by Americans because of salmonella risk, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning.
FDA testing of several samples of mangoes from this producer found they carry the same strain of the bacteria that has been implicated in a 16-state salmonella outbreak that's sickened 105 people. That particular strain is known as "salmonella braenderup," and the California Department of Public Health had previously traced several illnesses of the outbreak tied to this strain through the supply chain to Agricola Daniella.
"For mangoes without stickers, consumers should ask their retailer for brand information," the FDA said in a press release. "When in doubt, throw it out."
The FDA said the mango supplier has multiple plantations but packages the fruit at a single supply house located in Sinaloa Mexico.
The FDA has placed mangoes from this company on "Import Alert," meaning they won't be allowed in the country unless they prove through private testing the lots don't carry salmonella.
On August 29, certain lots of only the Daniella brand mangoes were recalled by Splendid Products, Burlingame, Calif. The mangoes carried the Daniella brand sticker with the lot numbers: 3114, 4051, 4311, 4584 or 4959 and were sold at various U.S. retailers between July 12 and Aug. 29.
An importer in Canada also initiated a voluntary recall of only Daniella brand mangoes in that country as the result of illnesses from salmonella baenderup. Additionally, several firms that used Daniella brand mangoes supplied by Splendid Products in their cut fruit products, also initiated recalls.
California health officials previously were investigating the source of the mango-related outbreak after 73 people were sickened. Canadian health officials at the time also were investigating the outbreak from the same bacterial strain.
The new warning applies to all mangoes from Agricola Daniella.
Another ongoing salmonella outbreak in the U.S. has been tied to cantaloupes from Chamberlain Farms of Owensville, Indiana. That outbreak has sickened 204 people in 22 states, resulting in 78 hospitalizations and two deaths.
Most people infected with the salmonella bacteria develop salmonellosis, an infection characterized by diarrhea, feve, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after ingesting the bacteria. The illness typically lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.
However some people may require hospitalization. In these patients, the infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics, the FDA warned.
Children are the most at risk to get the infection with the diagnosis rate in children younger than 5 years old surpassing the rate in all other persons. Young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems are the most likely to have severe infections.
More than 42,000 cases of salmonellosis occur each year and the disease kills approximately 400 people annually.
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