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Salmonella Mangoes and Cantaloupe – A Tainted Fruit Salad – Over 300 Sick

kiwi-strawberries-mango-and-cantaloupe.jpgIngredient 1- Mangoes

According to efoodalert, Food Safety News and Lola, as of August 22, 2012 there have been 22 confirmed cases of Salmonella Braenderup in Canada with 17 in British Columbia and 5 in Alberta. In the US, 101 cases of Salmonella Braenderup have been reported. Affected states reporting illnesses due to the outbreak strain include California (75 cases), Oregon (1 case), Washington (6 cases), Texas (2 cases) and New York (3 cases).

The mangoes that are subject to the recall were bought between July 12 and August 24, have a price look-up (PLU) number of 4959, and are labeled as Daniella mangoes. Late last week a Canadian produce importer recalled its Daniella mangoes from Mexico after they were linked to Salmonella Braenderup infections. Giant Food of Landover, Md., following a voluntary recall by Splendid Products, announced it removed from sale Daniella mangos due to possible Salmonella Braenderup contamination. (See, past Mango Outbreaks)

Ingredient 2 – Cantaloupes

Also, today the FDA and CDC announced that cantaloupe collected from Chamberlain Farms Produce, Inc., based in Owensville, Indiana, has tested positive for the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak strain that has so far sickened 178 people from 21 states. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (13), Arkansas (3), California (2), Georgia (3), Illinois (21), Indiana (18), Iowa (7), Kentucky (56), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (6), Minnesota (4), Mississippi (5), Missouri (12), New Jersey (2), North Carolina (3), Ohio (4), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (3), Tennessee (6), Texas (2), and Wisconsin (4). 62 ill persons have been hospitalized. Two deaths have been reported in Kentucky.

FDA investigators were at the farm from August 14 to August 16 collecting samples from surface areas and from cantaloupe. So far joint investigations by state, local, and federal authorities point to cantaloupe from Chamberlain Farms as a source of the outbreak. According to earlier reports, officials were exploring other possible sources and whether other types of melon were involved. Earlier in the investigation, tests by Kentucky’s state public health lab found the outbreak strain in samples from two cantaloupes collected from a retail location.  (see, past Cantaloupe Outbreaks)