So goes the new tagline at the FDA and CDC.
Over the last month, the CDC has reported a total of 127 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup from 15 states and 21 in Canada. California has most of the illnesses. 33 ill persons were hospitalized. Also, during August 2012, CDC investigated a multistate outbreak of 16 Salmonella Worthington infections reported from 3 states. These 16 people also consumed Agricola Daniella Mangoes.
The FDA is warning consumers against eating mangoes from Agricola Daniella, a mango supplier with multiple plantations and a single packinghouse located in Sinaloa, Mexico. Testing by the FDA has found Salmonella in mangoes from this producer. The California Department of Public Health has traced several illnesses of the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup through the supply chain to Agricola Daniella.
The FDA has placed Agricola Daniella on Import Alert. This means that Agricola Daniella mangoes will be denied admission into the United States unless the importer shows they are not contaminated with Salmonella, such as by using private laboratories to test the mangoes.
Consumers should not eat Daniella brand mangoes. If consumers have recently purchased Daniella brand mangoes they should throw them away. These mangoes should be identified by product stickers. For mangoes without stickers, consumers should ask their retailer for brand information.
Consumers should wash their hands with soap and warm water after handling these mangoes to remove any harmful bacteria that may have transferred to their hands.
If consumers believe they have mangoes from this producer, they should not try to wash the harmful bacteria off the mangoes as contamination may be both on the inside and outside of the fruit. Cutting, slicing and dicing may also transfer harmful bacteria from the fruit’s surface to the fruit’s flesh.
When in doubt, throw it out.