Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned consumers not to eat La Nuestra and Goya brand frozen mamey pulp because of potential contamination with Salmonella Typhi. Mamey is a tropical fruit from Central America.
La Nuestra frozen mamey pulp is distributed by Montalvan’s Sales Inc., located in Ontario. The La Nuestra brand mamey pulp comes in a 14-ounce plastic package. All lot numbers are affected by this voluntary recall, as are packages produced prior to May 2009 that are not identified with a lot number. The Universal Product Code (UPC) is 7-56869-10008-4.
Goya frozen mamey pulp is distributed by Goya Foods Inc., of New Jersey. It is packaged in a 14 ounce plastic bag and is not marked with a lot number or an expiration date. The UPC is 041331090803. This product was shipped to retail stores in California and nine other states. All packages of Goya frozen mamey pulp are subject to this voluntary recall.
The Goya recall was initiated after sampling conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detected Salmonella in a package of Goya mamey pulp and epidemiological data showed a strong association with consumption of mamey pulp to those who are ill with Salmonella Typhi. Both Goya and La Nuestra brand mamey pulp were produced by the same Guatemalan manufacturer.
At least nine people in California and Nevada are or have been ill with typhoid fever, caused by Salmonella Typhi.
Persons with typhoid fever usually have a fever as high as 103° to 104° F (39° to 40° C). They also may feel weak, fatigued, have stomach pains, constipation, headache, loss of appetite, and muscle aches. In some cases, patients have a rash of flat, rose-colored spots. The illness can last from 3 to 4 weeks and may be serious or even fatal. Some persons may continue to carry the infection and can pass it on to others. The infection is usually diagnosed by a blood test. Infants, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are at highest risk for more severe illness (http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Pages/TyphoidFever.aspx).
People who develop symptoms of typhoid fever after consuming La Nuestra and Goya mamey pulp should consult their health care provider.
Consumers with these products are advised to dispose of them. Consumers with questions regarding La Nuestra brand mamey pulp may contact Montalvan’s Sales Inc. at (909) 930-5670 and Goya Foods, Inc. at (800) 275-4602 regarding the Goya brand.
Photos of Goya brand products may be found at: Goya Product Labels. Photos of La Nuestra brand products may be found at: La Nuestra Product Labels.