Concord, NH – The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today announced that the recalled Goya brand frozen mamey product, which has been linked to typhoid fever cases, was distributed in New Hampshire. There have been no cases of illness identified in the State and stores were notified to remove the product from their shelves. If consumers have any of this product at home they are advised to discard it.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has put out a warning to consumers not to eat the Goya or La Nuestra brand by Montalvan frozen mamey fruit pulp product and are working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the investigation. Nine cases of illness associated with the Salmonella Typhi bacteria have been identified so far in the United States: five in California and 4 in Nevada.
“Since symptoms take a while to manifest and this product has a 2 to 3 year shelf life,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS, “it is important that anyone who thinks they may have purchased this item to check their freezers. Typhoid fever can be a serious illness and result in hospitalization, but there are medications to treat it. We will continue with surveillance efforts regarding this issue but so far no cases have been identified in New Hampshire.”
Most people infected with Salmonella Typhi develop a high fever, headache, constipation, chills, weakness, stomach pains, and muscle aches. Onset of symptoms is generally 2 to 5 weeks after infection. The illness can last from 3 to 4 weeks and infections may be severe or fatal if untreated.
Both brands are sold in 14-ounce packages and all lot numbers are being recalled. Consumers are urged to discard any product they have at home and to check what brand of mamey products are being used in drinks at any juice stands they may frequent.
For more information, visit the FDA website at www.fda.gov or the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/typhoidfever/.