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Exotic mamey pulp recalled

16 Aug

It’s always a good idea in the food-and-drink business to keep an eye on product recalls. You never know when it might save your life.

A current one involves Goya brand’s recall of the frozen mamey pulp product produced by COCO, S.A. of Guatemala. It is distributed nationwide through retail stores under the Goya label in 14-ounce plastic packages. The suspect production lot has a UPC code of 041331090803.

It is being recalled due to a potential health risk from salmonella, the organism that can cause serious, sometimes fatal, infections, particularly among people with weakened immune systems, young children, frail or elderly people. It has also been documented as getting into the bloodstream and produce even more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Mamey pulp is used in many Mexican restaurants, of which there are hundreds in New York State, most often in salads, moles, cocktails and fruit drinks, cakes and sauces. The flesh of the sweet, vibrant fruit has a light almond scent. The pits were used in Aztec culture as an ingredient in chocolate drinks. Today, it is widely used in Oaxaca, Mexico, to make tejate, the foamy cacao drink served at markets and fairs.

If you can lay hands on some non-tainted mamey, here’s a recipe to try from Vera Cruz, Mexico.

THE TORITO

¾ ounce milk
1 mamey, peeled and cubed
½ cup peanuts
1½ ounces rum
1 cup ice

Simply put all the ingredients in a blender, and mix until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass and serve.

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