Updated: Aug. 31, 3:17 p.m.: Mango distributor Splendid Foods has expanded their recall to as many as 1 million mangoes that may carry Salmonella bacteria, UPI reports.
The FDA says the mangoes are likely to blame for a multistate cluster of salmonella, as well as cases in Canada. Splendid said the suspect mangoes, grown in Mexico, have Daniella brand stickers with PLU numbers 3114, 4051, 4311, 4584 or 4959. They were sold as individual fruit in supermarkets around the country, including Costco, Save Mart, Food 4 Less, Ralph's, Topco stores, El Super, Kroger, Giant-Eagle, Stop & Shop, Aldi --and even Whole Foods. The company also said consumers should consider throwing out mangoes without a brand sticker, just to be safe.
Aug. 28, 11:30 a.m.: California public health officials are investigating a possible link between 73 Salmonella infections in the state and recalled mangoes, Food Safety News reports.
Burlingame, Calif., distributor Splendid Products is voluntarily recalling Mexican mangoes with the brand name Daniella. (There is no mention of the recall on its website, which states, "Our product safety and quality are unsurpassed." It does, however, share the fascinating fact that "A grove of mangoes was gifted to Buddha for meditation.")
Canadian officials have linked the same brand to 22 salmonella illnesses in British Columbia and Alberta.
A representative with the California Department of Public Health said the state has 73 cases of Salmonella with the same strain that sickened Canadians. More than two-thirds of the sick Californians reported eating mangoes before becoming ill. The agency is working with the FDA and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on the investigation.
The mangoes have stickers with the Price Look-Up code of 4959. The mangoes were available in stores from July 12 to Aug. 24.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency first posted a recall of Mexican mangoes on August 24.
And just in case you were thinking of making a salad with those dirty mangoes, you should know that Fresh Express Inc. is recalling romaine that could be contaminated with Listeria.
Salinas, Calif.-based Fresh Express announced a voluntary recall of limited quantities of its 10-ounce Hearts of Romaine salad August 26, according to a company news release (also AWOL from its website).
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The recalled product has a use-by date of August 23 and a product code beginning with "G222." A random FDA test of Hearts of Romaine bags turned up one positive result for Listeria. No illnesses had been reported as of August 26.
But remember, eat more fresh fruits and veggies! Le sigh.