More papayas have been recalled for fear they may be contaminated with salmonella, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. Agroson’s LLC of Bronx, New York, is recalling 2,483 boxes of Maradol Papaya Cavi Brand, grown and packaged by Carica de Campeche, and Freshtex Produce of Alamo, Texas, is recalling Valery brand Maradol Papayas also grown and packed by Carica de Campeche, because other brands that buy from this farm have tested positive for salmonella.
Affected Agroson’s LLC products were distributed to wholesalers in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey from July 16 to 19, 2017, and were available for sale until July 31, 2017. The papayas can be identified by the PLU sticker, cavi MEXICO 4395. No other papayas distributed by Agroson’s LLC are affected by the recall.
Freshex papayas were distributed to the state of Illinois from July 16 to 19 but may have been distributed to other states. They can be identified by the “Valery” name on the box.
The recalls come just weeks after the FDA announced that Caribeña brand Maradol papayas had been linked to an outbreak of salmonella that sickened at least 47 people in 12 states, of dozen of whom were hospitalized and one died. Testing by the Maryland Department of Health confirmed the presence of salmonella on the papayas.
Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with the bacteria often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with salmonella can get into the bloodstream and produce more severe illnesses including arterial infections (such as infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
Consumers with affected papayas should not eat them and dispose of them instead. Any adverse events related to consumption of this fruit should be reported to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program at www.FDA.gov/MedWatch/Report.htm.
FDA Recall Notice