Frozen mamey fruit pulp sold by the Goya and La Nuestra brands are being voluntarily recalled by the brands’ respective manufacturing companies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced last Friday. Nine people in California and Nevada came down with typhoid fever after having consumed the frozen goods and mamey fruit smoothies.
The FDA reports that the individuals got sick after consuming products made with La Nuestra and Goya brand frozen mamey fruit pulp. The FDA advises all consumers who have these two brands of the fruit pulp at home to discard them immediately.
The affected individuals also reported consuming mamey fruit smoothies sold at juice stands. The FDA is asking consumers to find out what brands of frozen mamey fruit pulp are being used to make smoothies they are consuming.
Typhoid fever causes fevers as high as 104 F. Sick individuals may experience stomach pains, headache, and loss of appetite. Symptoms typically grow worse as the illness progresses and can cause death in some cases. Those who suspect that they are infected with salmonella typhi should see a doctor immediately.
Mamey fruit grow on mamey trees, which are native to the tropics, including Mexico, Central America, and South America. FDA reported that the mamey fruit used by Goya and La Nuestra came from a common supplier in Guatemala.