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Heads Up, Hudson Valley: Salmonella Outbreak Strains Linked to Papayas

The label on the suspect papayas.
The label on the suspect papayas. Photo Credit: U.S. FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cautioning consumers to avoid Caribena brand Maradol papayas from Mexico following a Salmonella outbreak.

An alert was issued by the U.S. FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding papayas distributed nationwide between July 7 and July 18. Grande Produce informed the FDA of a limited recall of the papayas, but did not notify consumers, prompting the FDA to advise consumers to avoid all Caribbean brand Maradol papayas.

According to the FDA, there have also been illnesses in states where Grand Produce did not distribute papayas, leading to further investigation by officials.

“Maradol papayas are green before they ripen and turn yellow, so consumers should not eat Caribeña brand regardless of the color. If anyone has these papayas in their home, they should dispose of them immediately.”

The CDC has reported 47 cases of illnesses in 12 states, including New York, with 12 hospitalizations and one death from the salmonella outbreak.

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include developing diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. The illness could last between four and seven days. The investigation is ongoing.

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