Canadian Salmonella Outbreak Prompts Mexican Mango Recall


An outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup infections in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta has prompted recalls of Daniella Mangoes in both Canada and the United States.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has confirmed 22 cases of mango-linked Salmonella Braenderup – 17 in British Columbia and 5 in Alberta. The PHAC is continuing its investigation and has promised a weekly update to its table of confirmed cases.

North American Produce Sales (Vancouver, BC), the importer of the implicated mangoes, recalled Daniella brand Mangoes (Product of Mexico, labeled with a sticker bearing PLU #4959) on August 24th in response to the outbreak. The recalled mangoes were sold at “…various retail stores between July 12 and August 14, 2012…” according to the recall notice, and are believed to have been distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon. The names of Canadian retailers of the recalled mangoes have not been released.

The Stop & Shop and Giant Food LLC supermarket chains (including both Giant Food and Martin’s stores) announced this morning that Splendid Products – the US supplier of Daniella brand Mangoes – has initiated a voluntary recall of all Daniella mangoes (PLU #4959) sold between July 12 and August 24, 2012. Information on other possible retail distribution of the mangoes in the USA is not yet available.

eFoodAlert’s Advice to Consumers

  • Check the mangoes that you purchased, and discard any that are labelled with the Daniella brand and a sticker bearing PLU #4959, regardless of where the mangoes were purchased.
  • Always wash the outside of a mango carefully and thoroughly before slicing through the skin.
  • If you or a family member consumed mangoes during the July 12th to August 24th – either alone or as part of a fruit salad – and who developed symptoms of Salmonella gastroenteritis within a week after having eaten the fruit should consult a health care professional.

4 thoughts on “Canadian Salmonella Outbreak Prompts Mexican Mango Recall

  1. i received a call from costco saying i had purchased the above mango, but mine is PLU 4584 Diazteca. Is that the same as the one on recall? How can I confirm?

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    1. The mangos recalled in Canada, and the ones notified by Giant Food and Stop & Shop, are labeled with PLU 4959. But another produce supplier (Charlie’s Produce) and TOP Food & Drug removed several different PLU numbers from store shelves, including #4584. There has been no FDA-posted official recall yet. All you can do is double-check by calling Costco and asking them.

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  2. Please forgive my ignorance and educate me.

    How does salmonella get inside fruit that comes with a skin/rind? Was it actually found inside the fruit (mangos, cantaloupes) that was still in the field or loaded onto the delivery trucks?

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    1. Hi Becky. Those are reasonable questions. While we haven’t been told yet whether the Salmonella was found inside the fruit (either the cantaloupe or the mango), the bug can enter the fruit through the attachment scar (where the stem is attached to the fruit). It also can be transferred to the fruit during the process of cutting the melon or mango (knife picks up the Salmonella from the skin and deposits it onto the cut surface of the fruit.

      Still waiting for more details on both these outbreaks.

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