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Organic Mangoes Recalled Over Listeria Contamination Concern

mango skin healthyThe Pacific Organic Produce has recalled mangoes after concern that the fruit may have been contaminated by the listeria monocytogenes organism.

The San Francisco-based distributor is voluntarily recalling the fruit because a single sample tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration revealed contamination by listeria. The company didn’t say where the mangoes were grown.

The mangoes were sold in New Jersey, Arizona, California, Colorado and Texas, under the Purity brand. They were shipped between April 14 and May 2 with the PLU numbers 94051 and 94959.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with the contaminated fruit.

Listeriosis, a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium listeria monocytogenes, is an important public health problem in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An infected person will usually have fever, muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. But the concern is with pregnant women, as it can lead to life-threatening illness to the newborn or even cause miscarriage.

Consumers who have purchased mangoes with the PLU number in this recall should throw out the fruit and take the receipts to their grocery store for a refund.

No other products from Pacific Organic Produce are being recalled at this time.

S.C. Rhyne is a blogger and novelist in New York City. Follow the author on Twitter @ReporterandGirl, http://Facebook.com/TheReporterandTheGirl and visit her website at http://www.SCRhyne.com

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