Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Third importer recalls Mexican papayas in Salmonella outbreak

Third importer recalls Mexican papayas in Salmonella outbreak

Cases in NY almost tripled to 36 since the last report on July 21 and New Jersey cases have more than doubled to 26.

As a result, the FDA is working to identify other brands of papayas that may have originated from Carica de Campeche and facilitate recalls. The CDC now reports 109 cases across 16 states including 35 hospitalizations and 1 reported death in New York City.

Other states that have reported illnesses include Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Iowa, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Delaware, Louisiana and Wisconsin.

Over sixteen states have been affected after brands were forced to recall papaya due to a salmonella outbreak.

The Food and Drug Administration has identified the source of the outbreak as the Carica de Campeche farm in Campeche, Mexico, which distributes papayas to at least two other brands that have already been recalled.

Freshtex Produce LLC of Alamo, TX, posted its recall of "Valery" brand maradol papayas from the farm in Southern Mexico on Monday.

Four illnesses have been reported in CT and an additional two cases have been reported in MA, bringing the total of sick people there to three.

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The CDC is recommending that consumers should not eat - and restaurants and retailers should not sell - maradol papayas from any suppliers in Mexico until further notice.

The company notes that the fruit was available for sale to retail customers until July 31.

"Consumers who may have purchased the Valery brand papayas are advised to dispose of them".

It is also important for people who have had the salmonella papayas in their home to clean and disinfect any surfaces or utensils that the papaya could have been in contact with, as salmonella can spread easily.

"Papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm tested positive for Salmonella Kiambu, Salmonella Thompson, Salmonella Agona, Salmonella Senftenberg, and Salmonella Gaminara", FDA reported Friday morning.

The Campeche farm has been added to an import alert which allows FDA field personnel to stop fresh produce from entering the US from the farm until it's proven to have resolved issues that caused the bacterial contamination.

The import alert was put in place after FDA analysis of Mexican papayas between May 2011 and August 2011 found salmonella in 33 of 211 samples.

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