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Letter from the Executive Director
Greetings Mango Industry,
As we work through the current mango issue together, I want to bring you up to speed and clarify NMB’s role.
Since first learning that Canada was voluntarily recalling mangos with PLU# 4959, 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. To do so, we have worked with member companies directly affected by this recall, reached out to customers and media, retail and foodservice, and responded to media inquiries for information about the recall and the safety of mangos.
During a time like this, there is a lot of speculation and information about potential sources of the food-borne contaminants. The best way NMB can help protect the mango industry and consumer confidence in the safety and quality of mangos is by limiting public speculation and sharing confirmed facts as determined by regulatory authorities involved in the recalls and investigations.
Although Splendid Products has executed a voluntary recall, no authoritative regulatory agency such as the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) or Mexico’s Sevicio Nacional de Sanidad, Inocuidad Y Calidad Agroalimentaria (SNSICA), has confirmed what is the source of the food-borne contamination. The FDA has identified Daniella-brand mangos as being linked to illnesses based on information provided by consumers and by Splendid Products. However, neither the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control nor the California Department of Public Health, all of which are investigating these illnesses in the United States, have determined if this is the only brand of mango linked to the illnesses. Nor have any of these authorities concluded how the mangos may have become contaminated with salmonella.
In the meantime, we are consistently communicating the facts as we know them and we have no room for speculation. As many of you know, NMB operates under the authority of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Ultimately, this means that NMB can only share factual information that USDA or even the Secretary of Agriculture could provide.
However, we too await FDA’s formal announcement regarding the findings of their investigation of these illnesses and its ties to mangos. Once FDA makes a formal announcement, our plan to reach out to media, trade, importers and exporters will be launched immediately.
And, as always NMB will continue to focus on ensuring that consumers can trust the safety and quality of mangos so that they have the confidence to buy mangos again and again to share with family and friends.