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Fri August 31, 2012
Mango-related salmonella outbreak reaches Michigan
Federal health officials are telling Americans to avoid 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 yesterday 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.
However, the FDA reports authorities are still trying to pinpoint the source of the outbreak.
Preliminary information indicates that mangoes are a likely source for the illnesses in the United States. U.S. investigative efforts continue to determine the source of mangoes that may be linked to U.S. cases.
Splendid said it voluntarily recalled the product "out of an abundance of caution," after consulting government authorities.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most of the cases were reported on the west coast, but one case in Michigan has been confirmed. No deaths have been reported.
Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps after infection.
U.S. and Canadian retailers have said they will recall or remove Daniella-brand mangoes from stores.
-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom