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A SWAMPED FOOD SAFETY SYSTEM CANNOT FOLLOW UP ON OUTBREAKS ...

IMO NOTE:


One month later, and the California Department of Health webpage has lost track of the reported illnesses.

Time to update the public!







CDPH Warns Not to Eat Daniella-Brand Mangoes Due to Health Risk Date: 8/29/2012  Number: 12-046  Contact: Anita Gore, Heather Bourbeau  (916) 440-7259  SACRAMENTO  California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman  today warned people not to eat Daniella-brand mangoes because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. CDPH is currently investigating multiple illnesses in the state of California that may be related to the consumption of mangoes imported from Mexico. The recalled mangoes were packed in Mexico and distributed by Splendid Products in Burlingame, California. These mangoes were sold between July 12, 2012 and August 29, 2012 at various stores throughout the United States. The mangoes were sold as individual fruit with the sticker brand “Daniella.”  Each fruit was also marked with a small…

BAY AREA PANELISTS RANK FAVORITE DRIED MANGO BRANDS ...

Whole Food brand tops for dried mango



By Janny Hu


Published 3:18 p.m., Friday, September 21, 2012







After last week's dismal showing for fruit leathers, there was nowhere to go but up for another fruit snack - dried mango.



The tropical fruit usually comes in two dried forms - unsweetened and sweetened, the latter of which is also usually sulfured, resulting in prettier, plumper pieces of mango.



We tasted both together and, in general, our panelists preferred the all-natural, unsweetened variety. The exception was the imported Philippine Brand, which came in third.









At the top of the mango heap, though, was 365 ($6.99 for 8 ounces at Whole Foods). With "delicious mango flavor," a "slight tang" and "good acidity," our panelists mostly enjoyed these unsweetened "thin slices." But the "natural color and appearance" came at a cost: They were also "very tough and chewy," to the point of having a "leathery texture." Two would b…

ACTIVE MONTH AT IMO BLOG (Mango World Magazine) AS MANGO RECALL STORY UNFOLDS ...

The IMO BLOG has enjoyed active viewership over the past 30 days with the following numbers:



Pageviews today 4,648 Pageviews yesterday 4,413 Pageviews last month 117,889 Pageviews all time history 931,909













The past week has been active as well:
















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We are counting down to the one million pageview milestone ....

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JIm Prevor needs a wider lens in order to put the Daniella mango recall into perspective ...

IMO NOTE:

One must take with a grain of salt a plea made by one directly involved in the recall process. 



Mr Westendorf is a trading partner of Splendid Products and has admitted to having sold the loads of Mangoes to North American Produce in Vancouver, Canada.

The fact that Mr. Westendorf skips over the fact that Splendid Products misrepresented it's relationship with Primus Labs sheds light on just how broad a brush he is painting with.



http://efoodalert.net/2012/09/07/daniella-used-auditors-logo-without-permission/



http://mangoworldmagazine.blogspot.com/2012/09/splendid-products-knew-better-daniella.html



Splendid Products was vertically integrated in the relationship with it's shipper (Agricola Daniella) as an investor.

To pretend that Splendid knew nothing is disingenuous.


With the first illnesses reported to the CDC in July, several weeks had transpired before the voluntary recall by Splendid Products. In addition, Splendid products waited for the entire weekend after the Canadi…

DOES RECALLING EXPIRED PRODUCT QUALIFY AS A MOCKERY ??? ...

FOOD RECALLS

More Outbreak-Linked Mangoes Recalled, Many Expired
BY NEWS DESK | SEP 21, 2012


Two more companies have joined the 13 others who have recalled mangoes imported from Mexico over the past three weeks because the fruits may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella currently causing a nationwide outbreak.





On Wednesday GHW, LLC of Houston, TX recalled a limited number of expired fresh-cut mango products, and on Thursday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc was recalling fresh-cut mango products also sourced from Agricola Daniella of Mexico, the company whose mangoes are the suspected source of the Salmonella outbreak that has so far sickened 121 people in 15 states.






The expired cut mangoes from GHW include its Island Medley, Mango Spears, Fruit Burst and Fruit Basket Medley varieties sold in Alaska, Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For a detailed list of product codes and sized, see the recall notice.






Consumers with q…

THE RAW FOOD MOVEMENT ...

Raw Food Diets


Raw food diets go by many names. Among the more humorous are the caveman diet and Paleolithic diet, both referring to emphasis on unprocessed, uncooked foods of the kind our ancient ancestors might have eaten.







Yet sales of products marketed as raw are no joke. 


Dollars spent on “naturally positioned” cookies and snack bars classified as raw soared by nearly 30,000% to $388,300 in food, drug and mass stores over the past year, according to SPINScan Conventional, powered by Nielsen.







During the same time period, sales of natural bread and baked goods soared 2,098%; natural chips, pretzels and snack sales grew by 518%; crackers and crispbreads rose by 189%; and sales of meal replacements and supplement powders grew by 114%.





Though the category is starting out small, it’s attracting serious-minded wellness shoppers looking for nutrient-dense foods, according to industry observers. 


Among other benefits, raw foods are thought to have greater enzyme availability, promote optimal hea…

Space Shuttles, Lasers and Doomsday Bases: Amazing Payloads for 747s [Slide Show] ...

The number 747 is so ubiquitous, having adorned the sides of so many aircraft over the decades, that it has become almost synonymous with the jet airliner.





 Some 3.5 billion people have flown on 747s, according to Boeing, which has manufactured more than 1,400 since the first 747-100 left the factory in 1968.




But not all 747s wound up in regular passenger or cargo service. 




Today, for instance, one of NASA’s two Shuttle Carrier Aircraft is ferrying the retired space shuttle Endeavour to Los Angeles for display in a museum






Another NASA-owned 747 cruises the skies with an open payload bay, exposing  a giant infrared telescope to the heavens. 







Other aircraft of the same lineage can help fight fires, 


shoot down missiles or serve as a command center for U.S.



 or serve as a command center for U.S. government VIPs in the case of nuclear attack or other catastrophe.







Check out the five of the most unique ways 747s have been put to use in this slideshow.

ERNST & YOUNG REPORT STUDIES THE COST OF A SALMONELLA RELATED RECALL ....

The Price of a Recall



In August 2010, more than 500 million shell eggs distributed by an egg producer had to be recalled. 

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), from May 1 to October 15, 2010, approximately 2,500 illnesses associated with the eggs were reported, making it the largest recorded Salmonella Enteritis outbreak reported since the FDA’s outbreak surveillance began in the early 1970s.



Total costs to American shell-egg producers have yet to be calculated. However, the negative media attention produced a drop in prices that cost the shell-egg industry over $100 million in September 2010 alone.


In 2007, the estimated cost of the peanut butter recall to one company due to Salmonella contamination was $78 million.



The estimated cost to American peanut-containing product producers from the 2009 incident contamination of peanut butter by Salmonella was $1 billion.







Typically, there are three issues that drive recall costs:


1. Health and safety

2. Severity and scope

3. Frequency




NATIONAL MANGO BOARD CONCLUDES THAT KEEPING CONSUMER IGNORANT IS BEST APPROACH TO PROMOTION ...

By Will Cavan

Executive Director

International Mango Organization (IMO)




www.mangoworldmagazine.blogspot.com












Winter Park, Florida










Friday , September 21, 2012






















The recent Salmonella Braenderup outbreak that has been associated with Daniella Label mangoes from Mexico points out how broken the FDA recall system really is.






Major distributors have concluded that the average consumer does not either pay attention to recall notices or mango consumers do not read the news.







Another possible conclusion is that consumers, when sickened will blame everything else they have eaten before blaming a mango for the root cause.







Regardless, of the 121 people sickened in USA so far, 25 have been hospitalized, and only one has taken the time to file a lawsuit.







Right now the mango industry is waiting for this story to "Blow over" and not affect next season's Mexican mango exports.






Is there enough money related to Salmonella Braenderup poisening to even justify pursuing the guilty parties. 

Or is it even wor…

FAILURE OF FDA RECALL SYSTEM TO NOTIFY CONSUMERS SAVES MANGO SALES ...

Recalls continue but mango market stable, Watson says



09/21/2012 10:55:30 AM
Tom Karst




Additional recalls of mango products sold by Winn Dixie, Tom Thumb, Kroger, Wal-Mart and other retailers related to the Salmonella Braenderup foodborne illness outbreak linked to Agricola Daniella mangoes continued to trickle in through mid-September.





Even so, a leading industry source said the mango market appeared near normal by Sept. 20.





Courtesy National Mango Board
William Watson, National Mango Board
“We have not seen a significant impact on consumption or the market,” said William Watson, executive director of the National Mango Board, Orlando, Fla.




Watson also said f.o.b. prices are also similar to a year ago.




“When you look at it overall, you can see that consumers are still enjoying good mangoes.” (Or completely oblivious to the FDA recall??)








Media coverage of the foodborne outbreak linked to Agricola Daniella mangoes, which began the last week of August, peaked around Sept. 7 and has since subsided…

SUPERMARKET NEWS RANKS: Top 25 Global Food Retailers 2012 ...

TOP 25 WORLDWIDE FOOD RETAILERS SN's Top 25 worldwide food retailers for 2012 include annual sales for food, nonfood and wholesale operations; sales were based on current exchange rates. Store counts include franchised or licensed locations and may include nonfood outlets. Source: Planet Retail (www.planetretail.net) Click here for a related newsfeature on Tesco. Wal-Mart Stores 2012 Carrefour 2012 Tesco 2012 Metro Group 2012 Schwarz Group 2012 Kroger Co. 2012 Costco 2012 Aldi 2012