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Montalvan’s Sales, Inc. Recalls “La Nuestra” Brand Frozen Mamey Because of Potential Health Risk
Montalvan’s Sales, Inc.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 18, 2010 – As a precautionary measure, Montalvan’s Sales, Inc. of Ontario, CA has voluntarily recalled “La Nuestra” brand frozen mamey pulp due to a potential health risk from Salmonella Typhi. Typhoid fever is a life-threatening illness caused by the bacterium Salmonella Typhi. Salmonella Typhi lives only in humans. Infection results from eating food or drink beverages that have been handled by a person who is shedding S. Typhi or if sewage contaminated with S. Typhi bacteria gets into the water you use for drinking or washing food. Once S. Typhi bacteria are eaten or drunk, they multiply and spread into the bloodstream. The body reacts with fever, severe abdominal pain, and other signs and symptoms. Most ill persons need to be hospitalized for antibiotic treatment. Persons with typhoid fever carry the bacteria in their bloodstream and intestinal tract. In addition, a small number of persons, called carriers, recover from typhoid fever but continue to carry the bacteria. Both ill persons and carriers shed S. Typhi in their feces (stool).
The recalled “La Nuestra” brand mamey pulp was distributed in the states of AZ, CA, NV, OR and UT through retail stores.
The La Nuestra brand mamey pulp comes in a 14-ounce plastic package. All lot numbers are affected by this recall, however packages produced prior to May 2009 are not identified with a lot number and are subject to this recall as well. The UPC is 7-56869-10008-4.
This recall was initiated after Montalvan’s Sales, Inc. was notified by FDA and CDC that the affected product is potentially implicated via a strong epidemiologic link to a recent outbreak of Typhoid Fever in several Western States.
Consumers who have purchased La Nuestra brand Mamey Pulp are urged to discard the product and contact Montalvan’s Sales, Inc.’s Consumer Affairs for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company Monday through Friday between the hours of 8AM to 5PM, Pacific Daylight Time at (909) 930-5670.