Over the weekend, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency reported a recall on Daniella brand mangoes because of salmonella contamination. The outbreak has sparked illnesses in Canada and is becoming an increasing concern for health officials and consumers.
The mangoes were imported from Mexico and sold as individual fruit to retail establishments across Canada. The potentially contaminated mangoes were distributed to B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.
Since the initial health alert was released, 22 people in Canada have reported illnesses. 15 individuals in BC have fallen ill and 7 in Alberta. The CFIA is concerned that more illnesses will be reported in the coming weeks.
Symptoms of salmonella poisoning include high fever, severe headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea. This illness is particular dangerous (and potentially fatal) for young children, elderly individuals and those with weakened immune systems.
The agency is urging anyone who bought the mangoes (which bear a sticker featuring PLU# 4959) to discard them in a plastic bag and wash your hands immediately in warm, soapy water.
Consumers with questions or concerns regarding the recall can call the Canadian Food Inspection Agency at 1-800-442-2342 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. (ET) Monday to Friday.