Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is warning New Hampshire residents not to eat Daniella brand mangoes from California based Splendid Products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. Splendid Products has voluntarily recalled certain lots of the mangoes. The Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) Food Protection Section (FPS) has confirmed some of these mangoes were distributed and sold here in New Hampshire. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a multistate outbreak of salmonella infections associated with the recalled mangoes. There have been no cases of Salmonella identified in New Hampshire related to this outbreak.
“Salmonella can be a serious illness, especially for children, seniors and people with weakened immune systems,” said NH Public Health Director Dr. José Montero. “We are urging the public to check for these mangoes, and discard any that have been recalled.”
People infected with symptoms typically develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 – 72 hours after being infected. The illness usually lasts 4 – 7 days, most people recover without treatment. However, for some, the diarrhea may be severe enough that the patient needs to be hospitalized.
The mangoes being recalled were packed in Mexico and sold between July 12, 2012 and August 29, 2012 at various stores throughout the United States. The mangoes were sold as individual fruit with the sticker brand “Daniella.” Each fruit was also marked with a small sticker with one of the following codes: 4051, 4959, 4311, 4584 or 3114. Consumers who have purchased these recalled mangoes should not eat them and should throw them away.
If consumers believe they have Daniella mangoes, they should not try to wash the harmful bacteria off the mangoes as the fruit could be contaminated on the inside and outside. Also, cutting, slicing, and dicing the fruit may also transfer the harmful bacteria to the fruit’s flesh. If you are unsure if your fruit is the brand that has been recalled, it is better to be safe and not eat them and throw them away.
For more information about this recall and investigation visit the FDA’s website at: http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/CORENetwork/ucm317337.htm. For specific questions about salmonella call DPHS at 603-271-4496.