Remember that pretty big mango recall that lead to your favorite fruit cup getting pulled at Starbucks? It’s still going on–and even more distributers, grocers, and restaurants are keeping the sweet fruit from the shelves. But, because much of the potentially recalled fruit has already been distributed, it also now includes other products and medleys which may contain mangoes. Basically, don’t eat mangoes (unless you bought them fresh and not from Mexico) for a while.
Due to the size of the recall, and because the mangos were contaminated before they even made it into the country (they’re from Mexico), it’s probable that they’re still being processed and sold in a variety of forms that haven’t yet been pulled from shelves, including frozen and dried. Which is why it’s a good idea to continue to avoiding mango products until the whole thing has been squared away.
As of Sept. 13, the FDA began denying any new imports by Daniella, the company that initially shipped the tainted fruit into the U.S.
According to releases, many brands of mixed fruit cups, pre-cut, dried, and fresh mangoes have all been recalled as part of the large-scale Salmonella scare. These include generics sold at WalMart, Kroger, and Trader Joe’s stores, as well as on-label products, in almost every region of the country. Even some brands of mango salsa have been impacted by the recall.
A total of 121 individuals have been sickened by this particular strain of Salmonella, though as the recall continues to spread, it is likely that even more individuals will be linked to the outbreak. So far, 16 states have seen cases of Salmonella as a result. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported yet.
If you’re concerned that you may have purchased potentially contaminated products, you can check with the FDA’s frequently-updated database of recalled food. But be aware that the list of products that may be contaminated is still not complete.
The symptoms of Salmonella tend to present like an early onset of the flu or food poisoning, and may occur as long as 72 hours after ingesting tainted food. If you do experience any of these symptoms after eating a mango product, seek medical attention. It can help further the information the CDC and FDA have about the recall, not to mention help you get healthy.
Images by Flickr user visualdensity and via the CDC