The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the voluntary recall of mangos distributed by the San Francisco company, Pacific Organic Produce. The recalled mangos were being sold with the brandname Purity Organic from the middle of April until the beginning of May. According to the distributor, the mangos could be infected with Listeria monocytogenes.
Because of the risk of illness associated with fruit infected with Listeria monocytogenes, the company announced the recall. Fortunately, no known instances of illness have surfaced related to the recalled mangos, nor has anyone reported illness from other products sold under the brandname Purity Organic.
Symptoms of Lysteria Monocytogenes Can Be Serious
The recall was put into place as a safety measure after a sample taken from the fruit tested positive for the contagion. The company has also taken measures to make sure all fruit from these specific batches are taken off shelves immediately. Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious symptoms in individuals who are made ill by it. Muscle aches, diarrhea, nausea and fever are just some of the indications of food sickness acquired from the bacteria. Those who have weak immune systems and pregnant women tend to be most vulnerable to contracting the disease.
Retailers in five states (including Arizona, Colorado, Texas, California and New Jersey) received the possibly contaminated shipments of the fruit. The fruit was listed for sale under various PLU numbers (including 94051 and 94959). Customers who bought Purity Organic mangos in these states may wish to throw the fruit out immediately to limit the risk of illness. Those with further questions about which batches of the fruit may be contaminated can reach out to Pacific Organic Produce for more information.
Also, those who suspect that they may have been permanently injured due to this contaminated fruit may wish to investigate the viability of pursuing a personal injury claim. Although the results of such a case cannot be guaranteed, when an individual is hurt by a defective product, he or she may be eligible to receive financial restitution under the law.
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