The outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup infections associated with tainted mangoes has sickened a total of 103 persons across 16 states in the U.S., the CDC reported Wednesday. California has reported the majority of cases, accounting for 78 out of the 103.
Twenty five ill persons have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported. Illness onset dates range from July 3, 2012 to August 11, 2012.
Approximately 70% of the sick persons are said to have consumed mangoes in the week before becoming ill. However, a specific type or source for the mangoes that is likely causing this outbreak is yet to be identified, the CDC said in a statement.
In Canada, the number of people sickened by Salmonella infections related to mangoes is 21 - with 16 confirmed cases in British Columbia and 5 in Alberta, according to Public Health Agency of Canada.
Meanwhile, California-based produce distributor Splendid Products is voluntarily recalling certain lots of Daniella brand mangoes, a product of Mexico, because they may be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup bacteria.
The affected products were sold as individual fruit and can be identified by the Daniella brand sticker and one of the following PLU numbers: 3114, 4051, 4311, 4584 or 4959.
According to Splendid Products, the recalled mangoes were sold at various retail stores throughout the U.S. between July 12 and August 29, 2012. A number of retailers have also issued a voluntary recall notice for Daniella brand mangoes.
Consumers are advised to check if they have any of the recalled mangoes at home, and if so, it is advisable to secure it in a plastic bag and discard it.
by RTT Staff Writer
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