The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers to avoid all Caribeña brand Maradol papayas linked to a Salmonella outbreak. The FDA reports Grande Produce, the Texas company that distributes the papayas, said it would initiate a limited recall of its papayas from July 7 through July 18. A press release notifying customers of the recall was not issued as of July 25, prompting the FDA to publish details on its own. The agency said:
FDA and state partners continue to investigate the distribution of the papayas involved in this outbreak. It appears the distribution pattern of Caribeña brand Maradol papayas does not explain all of the illnesses, meaning other firms likely have distributed contaminated Maradol papayas as well. At this time, the farm(s) producing these papayas appear to only be in Mexico.
Forty-seven cases, 12 hospitalizations and one death in 12 states have been reported in connection to the Salmonella outbreak, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. States include Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Virginia.
Salmonella symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps over a period of four to seven days. Symptoms usually appear 12 to 72 hours after infection.
Children younger than 5, elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe infections from Salmonella.
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