Saturday, August 14, 2010
Goya Foods issued a recall of its 14-ounce packages of its frozen mamey fruit pulp due to reports of salmonella, the bacteria that causes typhoid fever. The product is distributed in 11 Western states including Hawaii. The Center for Disease Control has confirmed seven cases of typhoid fever in California and Nevada, and said four of the victims drank milkshakes made with the product. The CDC said it will continue to investigate possible typhoid cases, including two more reports out of California.
Mamey -- known as "sapote" in Latin America -- is a red-fleshed fruit native to Mexico and is a common ingredient in milkshakes, smoothies and fruit bars. The product was sold in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.
Though common in the developing world, typhoid fever has become rare in the United States, with just 400 cases reported annually, according to the CDC. Symptoms of the life-threatening illness include sustained high fever, stomach pain and rash. Typhoid fever can only be diagnosed by testing blood and stool samples, and is treated with antibiotics.
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