Papaya Recall Grows Due to Salmonella Outbreak


More than 100 people have fallen ill with salmonella after eating tainted papaya, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, noting that six more states have been added to the outbreak. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. The farm that grew the papayas is also listed on the upper left side of the master carton: CARICA DE CAMPHE.

One death, in New York City, has been blamed on the outbreak.

Maradol papayas are a large, oval fruit that weighs three or more pounds, with green skins that turn yellow when the fruit is ripe.

Valery brand, distributed from July 10-13.

This could be due to a storm warning posted for the area as Tropical Storm Franklin makes its way across the Yucatan Peninsula.

According to the CDC, there have been 109 cases of salmonella poisoning, 35 of which required hospitalization across 16 states.

Agroson's LLC of the Bronx, NY, is recalling 2,483 boxes of Marital Papaya Cavi Brand, grown and packed by Carica de Campeche, as a precaution.

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The outbreak, first reported two weeks ago, was traced to the Carica de Campeche farm in Campeche, which sits between the Gulf and Guatemala.

The FDA wrote on its website that it's in communication with Mexican food safety authorities on the outbreak investigation and that Mexican food safety authorities are conducting inspections and "other follow up activities at firms of interest".

Iowa, Kentucky, North Carolina and Oklahoma have reported two cases and Delaware, Louisiana Michigan and Wisconsin have had one each. The product was sold further to retail consumers.

Advice to consumers, restaurants and retailersState and federal public health officials recommend applying the golden rule of food safety regarding papayas on hand in homes and businesses - when in doubt, throw it out. Other brands from this farm have tested positive for Salmonella bacteria.

In late July, Grande Produce informed the FDA that it initiated a limited recall of its Caribeña brand Maradol papayas distributed nationwide from July 7 - July 18, 2017. The company has stopped importing papayas from that grower.

It was not immediately clear how the papaya was contaminated, an FDA spokesman said.