Following the voluntary recall of certain varieties of mangos, the National Mango Board (NMB) is supporting the industry-wide response to ensure the safety and quality of fresh mangos. NMB’s work includes working directly with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), members of the NMB and others to provide necessary information to help determine the scope and source of illness that have led to the voluntary recalls.
As part of the FDA’s investigation, the agency has provided updates on its website regarding mango and mango-containing products that have been voluntarily recalled by suppliers and retailers. In particular, FDA has highlighted that the voluntary recall includes mangos sold between July 12 and Aug. 29, 2012, with PLU codes 4051, 4959, 4311 4584 and 3114.
“First and foremost, NMB’s priority is to help protect the health and safety of consumers in partnership with its member companies in the mango industry,” says William Watson, NMB’s executive director. “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 want to ensure that retailers and others have access to the specifics of PLU codes for mangos.”
As PLU codes for mangos are predominantly used to identify color (i.e. red, green or yellow skin), NMB encourages all retailers to contact their suppliers for the most accurate information regarding whether the variety of mangos they have purchased have been affected by a voluntary recall. Consumers with questions about the recall can check the FDA’s website and ask the retailers for more information, too.