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Careful with those Organic Mangos: FDA Recall

Careful with those Organic Mangos: FDA Recall

Do you love mangos? Do you prefer them "organic"? Have you bought any from the Purity Organic brand in the last few weeks? Organic doesn't necessarily mean safe, so this notice may be important for you.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a statement wherein Pacific Organic Produce from San Francisco, California, is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of organic Tommy Atkins mangos. The PLU numbers are 94051 and 94959. They were sold under the Purity Organic brand between the dates of April 14, 2014 and May 2, 2014. The mangos were sold in California, Arizona, Colorado, Texas and New Jersey. If you liver in any of these states, double check the PLUs. The PLU number is printed in the middle of the PLU sticker on the fruit.

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Due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes, these mangos will no longer be sold. There is no need for alarm, however, as "no illnesses have been reported in association with the recall and no other mangos or products under the Purity Organic brand are being recalled." On the other hand, caution is highly advised. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Listeriosis, a serious infection, can usually be caused by eating foods contaminated with this bacterium. It can be deadly and is listed as the 3rd leading cause of food poisoning death. Listeria can cause miscarriage and meningitis, killing off 1 in every 5 who are affected.

Those who should most certainly be made aware of the effects of Listeriosis are:

  • Older adults
  • Pregnant women
  • Those with newborns (newborns would be affected)
  • Adults with weakened immune systems

The FDA notice states: "Consumers who have any remaining product with these Product Codes purchased between the dates of April 14, 2014 and May 2, 2014 should not consume it, but rather should discard it. Consumers should retain their store receipts, PLU stickers or any other proof of purchase they may have. Retailers and consumers with questions may call Amy Rosenoff at Pacific Organic Produce customer service at 415-673-5555, which is open 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (PT) Monday - Friday."

Beware the "organic" sign in general, but always pay attention to FDA's recalls and ensure you are truly having the purest fruits possible. Paranoia doesn't help anyone, but being cautious may end up saving a life or two around you. After all, as great as they taste, mangos are just as susceptible to bacteria contamination.