As you prepare appetizers and salads for your Labor Day parties barbecues, you may want to skip the mangoes. An outbreak of Salmonella across both the U.S. and Canada has prompted a major mango recall, but, says the CDC, they haven’t been able to pin down the exact type or source of the tainted fruit. Fortunately, one produce company has posted photos of the fruits that are impacted by the mango recall.
According to the CDC, this particular strain of Salmonella has sickened at leas 103 individuals, nearly a quarter of whom have been hospitalized. But they don’t have much information yet. From their website:
Public health officials have not identified a specific type or source for the mangoes that are likely causing this outbreak, and therefore we do not have specific consumer advice at this time regarding eating mangoes.
Luckily, produce companies seem to have a little more information, and possibly even know where the bad mangoes came from. Both Splendid Products and Giant Foods have issued their own internal recalls of Daniella brand mangoes from Mexico. Splendid was even helpful enough to put up the above photos of the fruits impacted by the mango recall.
Major grocery stores are also proceeding with caution, and have started to remove the potentially contaminated specimens. Grocers including Kroger, Walmart, Whole Foods, and Ralph’s have all reportedly pulled the fruit.
The FDA, too, is offering consumers a little more information. They’ve provided the PLU numbers, which should be found on the individual mangoes. If you purchased any mangoes with the PLU numbers 3114, 4051, 4311, 4584 or 4959 between July and August, you’re urged to throw them out.
Much like melons, Salmonella is a concern for mangoes because, while it lives on the skin of the fruit, it can easily be transmitted to the meat through cutting, peeling, and slicing.
Symptoms of Salmonella include, according to the FDA, “diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever,” and usually develop about about three days after ingesting tainted food. As a result, consumers frequently have a hard time identifying what made them sick. But even if you’re not sure if you’ve eaten one of the recalled mangoes, you’re urged to see a healthcare provider to be tested. Not only will that help the CDC and FDA track the outbreak, it can save your life.
Images via Splendid Products