Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

US Salmonella Cases, 1 In Michigan, Linked To Papayas From Mexico

US Salmonella Cases, 1 In Michigan, Linked To Papayas From Mexico

Papaya traced to the Carica de Campeche farm in Campeche, Mexico, appears to be the likely source, the FDA said Monday.

Agroson's notes that it has ceased importing papayas from Carica de Compeche.

Valery papayas have been recalled. That led to the first advisory to avoid Caribeña brand papayas on July 26.

The Maradol papayas were distributed in IL from July 10 to July 13, however, the product may have been further distributed outside the state of IL, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Freshtex Produce of Alamo, TX is voluntarily recalling "Valery" brand Maradol Papayas grown and packed by Carica de Campeche, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. They were distributed to the State of IL from July 10 to July 13, and may have been further distributed outside the state, the company said.

A multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to Maradol papayas from Mexico has expanded. So far, 35 of those individuals have been hospitalized.

The fresh papayas recalled by Freshtex Produce can be identified by the Valery name on the box and labels that say grown and packed by Carica de Campeche.

No illnesses have been reported related to the Cavi brand papayas.

Customers who purchased the recalled product should not consume it, but dispose of it.

Freshtex also planned to take precautionary measures with imported produce to ensure safety.

In an update Friday, the CDC said that the outbreak investigation now included 109 ill people from 16 states.

Those sickened can experience diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain and fever.

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.

According to the CDC, the expansion came after samples from papayas sold in Maryland returned outbreak strains of Salmonella Kiambu and Salmonella Thompson.

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

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