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WHEN WILL NATIONAL MANGO BOARD (NMB) EMBRACE TRACEABILITY & ACCOUNTABILITY ????







"The tools exist to traceback an incident of this type and to pinpoint the exact location and culprit. Yet NMB refuses to embrace this type of accountability and ultimately gives a "Black Eye" to the entire industry rather than to isolate an incident."



"The National Mango Board (NMB) is "holding out" on critical information to protect the guilty rather than open up and protect the innocent."


"It is time for an internal audit to find the weak points in the system by the National Mango Board (NMB) to expose the weaknesses for the greater good of the mango industry."


~Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)





Here is the National Mango Board's pathetic attempt to appear to be "Engaged" in this outbreak process.








Dear Mango Industry,







Here’s what we’ve learned. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) on an annual basis develops a list of foods that will be sampled in commerce typically from a distribution center or food manufacturer. 





 For fresh produce this “sampling assignment” list is developed by the FDA CFSAN Produce Safety Staff and is compiled and prioritized by the FDA CFSAN Office of Compliance. 





 The FDA CFSAN Office of Compliance then provides the assignment to the FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) and the FDA District Office Field Staff to collect samples and have them analyzed at an FDA laboratory.






It is not uncommon to collect imported produce samples from distribution centers as it would be very difficult for FDA to collect samples at packinghouses outside the United States. 





Mangos most likely earned a spot on the sampling assignment due to our history with salmonella (2012). This latest find will most likely increase scrutiny by FDA on mangos.








That being said, where the Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) was introduced does come into question;




 ** in-transit via truck refer units, 



** in cold storage 



or 



** at the packing house 



** are all possible places where Lm may have been introduced. 







FDA may or may not send an inspection team to the grower shipper (MEXICO) as it located outside the United States and will require intergovernmental coordination AND there are no reported illnesses. 




IF illnesses are reported then the FDA level of scrutiny will almost definitely increase.





 Remember that Lm is different from a lot of other pathogens in that it likes to establish itself in cold wet places and is NOT typically driven by fecal oral route of contamination. 




 It is most likely an environmental contaminant but can be present on fresh produce directly from fields/orchards in low numbers and frequency.


From a marketing perceptive, as of this afternoon, the recall has been present in multiple consumer facing media outlets with more exposure in the produce and food safety focused media, including blogs and social media. 




 We will continue to monitor this situation so consumers are confident about the safety of mango in the U.S.





Please let me know if you have any questions.


Sincerely,



William








Querido Industria del Mango,







Esto es lo que hemos aprendido. La Administración de Alimentos y Drogas (siglas en ingles FDA) Centro para la Seguridad Alimentaria y la Nutrición Aplicada (siglas en ingles CFSAN) de forma anual se desarrolla una lista de alimentos , de donde se tomarán muestras en el comercio típicamente de un centro de distribución o fabricante de alimentos. Para los productos frescos , esta lista de "asignación de muestreo" es desarrollado por el Personal de Seguridad del FDA CFSAN y se compila y se asigna prioridad por la Oficina de FDA CFSAN para cumplimiento. La Oficina de Cumplimiento de la FDA CFSAN proporciona entonces la asignación a la Oficina de la FDA de Asuntos Reglamentarios (siglas en ingles ORA) y la Oficina de Distrito de Personal de Campo de la FDA para recoger muestras y hacer que se analizen en un laboratorio de la FDA.



No es raro para recoger muestras de los productos importados desde los centros de distribución, ya que sería muy difícil para la FDA para recoger muestras en plantas de empaque fuera de los Estados Unidos. Es más probable que el Mangos se ganó un lugar en la tarea de muestra debido a nuestra historial con salmonella (2012). Este último hallazgo probablemente aumentara el escrutinio de la FDA sobre los mangos.



Dicho esto, por donde los Listeria monocytogenes ( siglas en ingles Lm) se introdujó ,genera preguntarnos por donde; en referencia de unidades de tránsito a través de camiones ? , en el almacenamiento en frío o en la planta de empaque ? o en todos los posibles lugares donde pudo haber sido introducidas la Lm. FDA puede o no puede enviar un equipo de inspección al remitente cultivador, ya que se encuentra fuera de los Estados Unidos y se requerirá la coordinación intergubernamental y no hay enfermedades reportadas. Si se informa enfermedades, entonces el nivel de escrutinio de la FDA definitivamente aumentará. Recuerde que Lm es diferente de muchos otros agentes patógenos en los que le gusta a establecerse en lugares fríos y húmedos y NO es típicamente conducida por vía contaminación fecal por via oral. Lo más probable es un contaminante ambiental, pero puede estar presente en los productos frescos directamente de los campos / huertos en bajos números y frecuencia.



Desde una perceptiva comercialización, a partir de esta tarde, la retirada ha estado presente en múltiples medios de comunicación que se enfrentan los consumidores con una mayor exposición en el producto y la seguridad alimentaria de medios, incluyendo blogs y medios sociales enfocados. Seguiremos de cerca esta situación para que los consumidores confían en la seguridad de mango en los EE.UU.



Por favor, hágamelo saber si usted tiene alguna pregunta.



Atentamente,



William





William Watson, Executive Director

National Mango Board

P.O. Box 140903

Orlando, FL 32814-0903

T - 407 629 7318, ext. 101

C - 407 415 5752

F - 407 629 7593

wwatson@mango.org

www.mango.org

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