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Outbreak of salmonella in mangoes highlights need for food safety advances ...

09/14/2012 4:37 PM




An Indiana farm pictured here was linked to a deadly outbreak of salmonella in cantaloupes this past August. (AP Photo/The Evansville Courier & Press, Erin McCracken)





By Deborah Kotz, Globe Staff



As if worrying about mosquito-borne diseases and hanta virus weren’t enough, we now need to take precautions about getting infected with listeria from ricotta cheese or salmonella from mangoes after two illness outbreaks were announced this week by government officials.

An outbreak of listeria from ricotta cheese sold in Massachusetts and 17 other states has caused three deaths so far and 14 hospitalizations, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; so far, the state hasn’t counted any reported cases, but we’ve been told to avoid the Frescolina brand of ricotta salata cheese.






We also need to take precautions when purchasing mangoes, since 105 Americans over the summer contracted salmonella from eating Daniella brand mangoes imported from Mexico, t…

Google decide dejar video polémico sobre Mahoma ...

septiembre 14, 2012 8:32 pm




Foto: Archivo




La empresa Google decidió hoy dejar en internet un polémico vídeo sobre el profeta Mahoma considerado blasfemo por los musulmanes, pese a una solicitud de la Casa Blanca de retirarlo de YouTube.







La Casa Blanca había confirmado que pidió a YouTube, propiedad de Google, que revisara el vídeo, que ha desatado protestas y ataques en el mundo árabe, y lo retirara de la plataforma en caso de que éste viole las condiciones de uso de la web.







Pero Google ha determinado que el vídeo en cuestión no viola sus políticas sobre el uso de la red.



“Trabajamos duro para crear una comunidad que todos puedan disfrutar y que también permita a la gente expresar sus distintas opiniones. Esto puede ser un desafío porque lo que es aceptable en un país puede ofender en otro”, explicó YouTube en un comunicado.








“Este vídeo, ampliamente disponible en la web, cumple claramente con nuestras normas y por lo tanto permanecerá en YouTube. Sin embargo, hemos restringido el acceso a é…

SPLENDID PRODUCTS MUM ON LATEST SALMONELLA LINK ...

IMO Sources are relating that a different strain of Salmonella was discovered in at least one pallet of mangoes that was inspected / tested  by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Officials in Nogales, Arizona at a warehouse used by Splendid Products.


This direct linkage triggered the latest Import Watch issued by the FDA.


This is a developing story.


The who, when and where will come out as the FDA releases more information.



Recently, IMO contacted George Mendez, owner of the KLONDIKE Warehouse facility in Nogales, Arizona which Splendid Products has used in the past for product imported from Mexico.


George Mendez had no comment.



Splendid Products has decided to withhold this information from the general public.



MIDDLE EAST OUT OF CONTROL ....

USA, Canada Investigate CSAV ...

Peter T. Leach, Senior Editor | Sep 14, 2012 4:39PM GMT


The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story












Antitrust investigation also includes car carriers






CSAV said it and some of its employees have received subpoenas from U.S. government authorities and the Competition Office of Canada in connection with an investigation under antitrust law that includes it and a group of car carriers.







Although the Chilean carrier did not identify the car carriers that are also being investigated, they may be among the 10 Japanese, South Korean and Norwegian shipping lines being investigated by the Japan Fair Trade Commission.










CSAV said it notified the Chilean Securities and Insurance Supervisor of the investigation and that its management “has dedicated itself to gather information.” It said its board of directors has instructed the company management to provide maximum cooperation in connection with the investigation.




“The investigation seeks to inquire into the existence of antitrust law violations related …

NATIONAL MANGO BOARD (NMB) STRUGGLES TO REMAIN RELEVANT IN THE MIDST OF FDA INVESTIGATION

IMO NOTE:

The National Mango Board (NMB) and it's Executive Director continue to be "A day late and a Dollar short" in their response to the Salmonella Braenderup outbreak that has been linked to DANIELLA Label mangoes.




Rather than taking a Proactive position, the NMB has done nothing but React with "Lip service" to each body blow as this Public Relations disaster unfolds.


Having done next to nothing to prepare for this catastrophic event, the National Mango Board proves how little the Organization has to offer to Mango Growers around the world and USA consumers in particular.



Here is the latest from the NMB:




National Mango Board Responds to FDA Notice 


Advising Consumers to Not Eat Daniella-brand Mangos






The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) today advised consumers that they should not eat Daniella-brand mangos. FDA further explained that the affected mangos were supplied by Agricola Daniella, a mango supplier in Sinaloa, Mexico, with one packing house due to …

NBC NEWS: Mangoes placed on import alert; 121 sick in U.S. ...

IMO NOTE:

NBC News is the news division of Americantelevision network NBC. It first started broadcasting in February 21, 1940. 


NBC Nightly News airs from Studio 3B, located on floor 3 of the NBC Studios in the GE Building, which is located in the Rockefeller Center of Midtown Manhattan, New York City


It currently claims the highest ratings for its morning, evening, and Sunday interview programs.







By JoNel Aleccia, NBC News



Mangoes from a Mexican supplier with several plantations and a single packing house have been tied to an outbreak of salmonella infections that has sickened 121 people in 15 U.S. states and sent 25 to the hospital.




The outbreak of salmonella in mangoes also sickened at least 22 people in Canada.





Food and Drug Administration officials warned consumers on Friday against eating mangoes produced by Agricola Daniella, a producer in Sinaloa, Mexico. The firm has been placed on import alert, the agency said. That means the fruit will not be allowed into the country until the …

AP: US detains imports of Mexican mangoes after scare ...

IMO NOTE:


The Associated Press is an American news agency. The AP is a cooperative owned by its contributing newspapers, radio and television stations in the United States, which both contribute stories to the AP and use material written by its staff journalists. 




Many newspapers and broadcasters outside the United States are AP subscribers, paying a fee to use AP material without being contributing members of the cooperative.



As of 2005, the news collected by the AP is published and republished by more than 1,700 newspapers, in addition to more than 5,001 television and radio broadcasters




The photographlibrary of the AP consists of over 10 million images. The Associated Press operates 243 news bureaus, and it serves at least 120 countries, with an international staff located all over the world.





By: MARY CLARE JALONICK | Associated Press



Published: September 14, 2012







WASHINGTON --





WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is detaining mango imports from one Mexican packing house…

TPN: Strong mango market expected throughout fall ...

by Tim Linden | September 14, 2012





In the late summer early fall period — when Brazilian mangos dominate U.S. imports — the market is typically firm, but this year it is as strong as any season in recent memory and there is no let up in sight.


The strong early market is the result of several factors but probably the most prominent was the unpredicted decrease in supplies from Mexico in late August and into September. The mango recall of one of the larger late-season Mexican mango brands caused several retailers to switch their mango program a bit early this year, putting extra pressure on the supply of Brazilian product.






Albert Perez, managing partner of Continental Fresh Inc., Coconut Grove, FL, one of the larger Brazilian mango importers, said in mid-September that demand was "very good" for mangos and the price was strong at about $8 for a standard carton. He said quite a few Brazilian mangos were committed to fall retail ads, creating even a greater demand for spot market p…

MEXICO MANGO MAFIA: Capture of Gulf Boss Pushes Zetas Split into Spotlight ...

Written by Hannah Stone

Thursday, 13 September 2012





Gulf Cartel boss "El Coss" after his capture












The capture of the Gulf Cartel's top leader could mean the end for one of Mexico’s oldest drug trafficking organizations, handing the country’s northeast over to the divided Zetas.







Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, known as “El Coss,” was captured on September 12 in Tampico, Tamaulipas. He was paraded before the press the following morning, but kept silent, refusing to answer questions from reporters.







A navy spokesman said that a group of 30 marines had arrested the drug boss using information from five of his bodyguards, who were captured earlier that day elsewhere in Tamaulipas, reported La Jornada.



El Coss has been a member of the Gulf Cartel since being recruited in the 1990s while working as a police officer. He became a leader of the organization after the arrest of boss Osiel Cardenas Guillen in 2003, rising still further with the death of Osiel’s brother Antonio, known as “T…

BRAZIL PRODUCTION LOOKS TO BE 10-15% SHORT THIS SEASON ...

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)


www.mangoworldmagazine.blogspot.com





September 14, 2012










If you are looking for mangoes, you might as well look somewhere else because Brazil looks to be anywhere from 10 to 15% off from preseason projections.



Originally Brazil had forecast 6.3 to 6.4 million (4kg) cartons for the August Through November season for the USA market.


A current estimate has revised that figure down to 5.7 million cartons.


Currently 92 containers are on the water and this weekend another 90-100 containers are scheduled to ship from Fortaleza.

Current Transit times are 10 to 11 days. If necessary, Steamships can burn extra fuel to save 1 to 2 days off of that time. 

The Shipping industry does have a contingency plan in place in case the looming Port strike actually does take place.


On Monday the 17th of September, a Federal mediator is scheduled to sit down with both parties and the hope is that a deal can be worked out to avoid the strike that woul…

TESTING BY FDA HAS FOUND SALMONELLA LINKAGE TO DANIELLA MANGOES ...

For Immediate Release: September 14, 2012


Media Inquiries: Pat El-Hinnawy, 

301-796-4763, 
Patricia.El-Hinnawy@fda.hhs.gov

Consumer Inquiries: 1-888-INFO-FDA


FDA warns consumers against eating mangoes from Agricola Daniella of Mexico
Farm’s mangoes contain strains of Salmonella


Fast facts


• The FDA is warning consumers against eating mangoes from Agricola Daniella, a mango supplier with multiple plantations and a single packing house located in Sinaloa, Mexico. 




Testing by the FDA has found Salmonella in mangoes from this producer.




• The FDA has placed Agricola Daniella on Import Alert. This means that Agricola Daniella mangoes will be denied admission into the United States unless the importer shows they are not contaminated with Salmonella, such as by using private laboratories to test the mangoes. 




• Consumers should not eat Daniella brand mangoes. If consumers have recently purchased Daniella brand mangoes they should throw them away. These mangoes should be identified by product stickers.…

FDA UPDATES DANIELLA MANGO RECALL SITUATION ...

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For Immediate Release: September 14, 2012

Media Inquiries: Pat El-Hinnawy, 301-796-4763, Patricia.El-Hinnawy@fda.hhs.gov


Consumer Inquiries: 1-888-INFO-FDA














FDA warns consumers against eating mangoes from Agricola Daniella of Mexico

Farm’s mangoes contain strains of Salmonella










Fast facts




• The FDA is warning consumers against eating mangoes from Agricola Daniella, a mango supplier with multiple plantations and a single packing house located in Sinaloa, Mexico. 
Testing by the FDA has found Salmonella in mangoes from this producer.


• The FDA has placed Agricola Daniella on Import Alert. This means that Agricola Daniella mangoes will be denied admission into the United States unless the importer shows they are not contaminated with Salmonella, such as by using private laboratories to test the mangoes. 


• Consumers should not eat Daniella brand mangoes. If consumers have recently purchased Daniella brand mangoes they should throw them away. These m…

FDA Adds Mangoes Tied to Salmonella Outbreak to Import Alert List ...

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES



BY NEWS DESK | SEP 14, 2012





Mangoes from Mexico linked to a nationwide Salmonella outbreak have been added to the federal import alert list - meaning that districts can detain them without inspection.






Mangoes produced by Sinaloa, MX-based Agricola Daniella and imported by Splendid Products of Burlingame, CA were recalled August 30 after they were named as the potential source of a Salmonella Braenderup outbreak that has sickened 104 people in 16 states, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 





The U.S. Food and Drug Administration added Daniella brand mangoes to its import alert listings Wednesday.





According to FDA's notice, "Districts may detain, without physical examination, those fresh and raw fresh refrigerated produce from manufacturers, shippers, and/or growers identified in the attachment for this import alert for the microbial contamination indicated."





Around 40 U.S. retailers who sold the fruits in store…

FOOD SAFETY IS NOT "JOB ONE" AT THE NATIONAL MANGO BOARD ....

By Will Cavan

Executive Director

International Mango Organization (IMO)



www.mangoworldmagazine.blogspot.com






September 14, 2012



Winter Park, Florida -









In spite of words to the contrary, Food safety is not very high on the National Mango Board's (NMB) "To Do" list.







Recently NMB Executive Director William Watson issued a statement claiming that"NMB’s goals have been to protect public health by ensuring that accurate information is clearly communicated and to protect the mango industry’s reputation by communicating the confirmed facts as quickly as possible."




http://mango.org/industry/news/letter-executive-director-1







In a recent press release, Watson went on to claim that “As a national promotion and research board operating under the authority of U.S. Department of Agriculture, it is our responsibility to promote best practices among our member companies and to share factual information with the industry as a whole. As it relates to the voluntary recalls of mangos, we wan…