Some Organic Mangos May Be Harmful To Pregnant Women, Doctor Warns

Most pregnant women are well aware of what to do or not do in order to increase the chances of having a healthy pregnancy and birth experience. Smoking and alcohol are always out of the question, but you might be more surprised to find that one doctor is advising against consuming certain organic mangos too, at least after some were recalled by federal authorities earlier this week.

Dr. Manny Alvarez is a contributor to a content channel on Fox News, and he recently published a post warning about the recalled organic mangos and a possible listeria risk that is of particularly great concern for women who are pregnant.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall of Tommy Atkins' organic mangos sold under the Purity Organic brand. Officials said the produce tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

The tainted mangos were sent to retailers and distributors in Colorado, California, Arizona, Texas and New Jersey. Fortunately, no illnesses have been reported, and listeria deaths are generally rare in the United States.

However, Dr. Alvarez feels pregnant women should be particularly careful to avoid the contaminated organic mangoes, especially since childbearing females are considered more at risk than other segments of the population for contracting listeria. Other people who are considered at high risk are those with compromised immune systems, and older adults.

In an effort to drive his point about the organic mangos home, Dr. Alvarez offered an example of a tragic case that occurred in his own practice. The scenario involved not organic mangos, but sausages. Once a patient ate them and later discovered they were laced with listeria, her fetus contracted the infection and died after 30 weeks in the womb.

This type of infection can cause a range of complications throughout a pregnancy, and it is particularly worrisome because listeria can break through the placental barrier. Early on, it can cause a woman to miscarry, and then as things progress, issues can result in premature delivery. In the worst cases, the outcome is as described in the example above.

If spotted early, the problem can be treated with antibiotics. However, no matter what, it's important for women who are carrying children to be careful what they consume, whether that means soft cheeses, or organic mangos.

The organic mangos were voluntarily pulled from shelves after a routine FDA produce check. The problematic fruits were reportedly sold between April 14 and May 2, and had the PLU numbers 94051 and 94959.

This story just goes to show how important it is to stay abreast of food safety warnings, especially when expecting a child. Most of us would not immediately think of organic mangos as being something that could harm a fetus, but Dr. Alvarez is at least one healthcare professional who has a contrasting opinion, at least in terms of those fruits that were flagged by the recall.