WASHINGTON – U.S. federal health officials warned Americans to steer clear of Daniella mangoes distributed by a Northern California fruit distributor because they may be contaminated with salmonella that has already sickened more than 100 people in 16 states.
The Food and Drug Administration issued the warning Thursday after Burlingame, Calif.-based Splendid Products recalled five lots of mangoes imported from Mexico. The mangoes carry the Daniella brand sticker with the lot numbers: 3114, 4051, 4311, 4584 or 4959. The FDA says consumers should not eat the fruit and throw it away, if they have any.
The mangoes were sold at various U.S. retailers between July 12 and Aug. 29.
Splendid said it voluntarily recalled the product "out of an abundance of caution," after consulting government authorities.
Federal health officials are still investigating what caused the outbreak of 103 cases of salmonella Braenderup infections. U.S. and Canadian authorities are trying to identify which mango brands or sources may have caused the illnesses.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 78 of the cases were reported in California. No deaths have been reported.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency also recently reported illnesses resulting from the same bacterial strain. U.S. and Canadian retailers have said they will recall or remove Daniella-brand mangoes from stores.
Based on reporting by the Associated Press.