Mangoes imported from Mexico are suspected of making more than 100 people sick from salmonella poisoning in the U.S. and Canada. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working with state officials to investigate the cause and scope of the outbreak.
Specific brands have not been named, and an official recall of the contaminated mangoes has not yet been confirmed. But CDC spokeswoman Lola Russell said that “mangoes are the likely source” of the Salmonella outbreak.
Larry Nienkirk, founder of Splendid Products that distributes in California, said his firm has issued a voluntary recall of Daniella brand mangoes, which were imported from Mexico and shipped nationwide. He declined to estimate the volume of mangoes recalled since the contamination was detected in the middle of July.
Canadian officials also warned consumers not to eat Daniella brand mangoes, which were sold as individual fruit, with stickers bearing the PLU #4959. They were sold at retail locations between July 12, 2012 and Aug. 14, 2012.
Salmonella poisoning can cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever and headache. It is especially dangerous to people with weakened immune systems, children and the elderly.