73 People Sickened with Salmonella from Mangoes
California health officials are investigating
NBC New YorkTuesday, Aug 28, 2012 | Updated 4:49 PM EDThttp://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/health/73-People-Sickened-with-Salmonella-from-Mangoes-167736835.html
California health officials say they are investigating a foodborne illness outbreak associated with salmonella-tainted mangoes that has sickened 73 people.
Authorities say they are still probing what prompted the outbreak of salmonella Braenderup cases in California and trying to identify which specific mango brands or sources might be tied to the illnesses.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency also recently reported illnesses resulting from the same bacterial strain.
Officials with the California Department of Public Health say they are working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Canadian public health and food safety agencies to pinpoint the cause.
The founder of a distributor in Burlingame, Calif., told NBC News that his company had issued a voluntary recall of Daniella brand mangoes imported from Mexico. He didn't estimate how many mangoes had been recalled since contamination was first detectedlast month.
Giant Food Alerts Customers to Voluntary Recall of
Splendid Products LLC Daniella Mangos
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 27, 2012 - Giant Food of Landover, Md., following a voluntary recall by Splendid Products, announced it removed from sale Daniella mangos due to possible salmonella contamination.
The following product, purchased between July 12 and August 24, 2012 is included in this recall:
• Daniella mangos, PLU 4959
Giant Food is aware of illnesses reported in Canada and associated with this recall. Customers who have purchased the product should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to Giant Food for a full refund.
Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.
Customers may call Giant Customer Service at (888) 469-4426 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for more information. Customers can also visit the Giant website at www.giantfood.com2.
About Giant Food of Landover, Md.
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 173 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 22,000 associates. Included within the 173 stores are 159 full-service pharmacies. Giant is owned by Ahold USA, Inc. For more information on Giant, visit www.GiantFood.com3.