Papaya Salmonella Outbreak and Recall News – On July 23, 2011, a recall was announced for papayas imported by Agromod Produce, Inc. of McAllen,Texas, because the papayas may be contaminated with the bacterium, Salmonella Agona. Salmonella can cause a serious infection, particularly in young children, the elderly, and in those with weakened immune systems.
Symptoms of Salmonella infection may include diarrhea (sometimes bloody), abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, and joint pain. Symptoms usually appear within 12-72 hours after the ingestion of contaminated food.
Papaya Salmonella Outbreak Announcement
As of July 26, 2011, the CDC reported 99 confirmed cases of Salmonella Agona infection, including 10 hospitalizations, in 23 states related to the consumption of the recalled papayas.
The number of ill persons identified in each state with the outbreak strain is as follows: Arkansas (1), Arizona (3), California (7), Colorado (1), Georgia (8), Illinois (17), Louisiana (2), Massachusetts (1), Minnesota (3), Missouri (3), Nebraska (2), Nevada (1), New Jersey (1), New Mexico (3), New York (6), Ohio (1), Oklahoma (1), Pennsylvania (1), Tennessee (1), Texas (25), Virginia (2), Washington (5), and Wisconsin (2).
The recalled papayas were distributed throughout the United States and Canada through retail stores and wholesalers. According to the FDA, the following papayas are subject to the recall:
“…. all Blondie, Yaya, Mañanita, and Tastylicious Brand papayas sold prior to July 23, 2011. Each Blondie Brand papaya can be identified by a blue and orange sticker label with green and white lettering on the fruit that states Blondie 4395 Mexico. The Yaya Brand Papayas can be identified by a yellow, red, orange, and green label with white, green and red lettering that reads Yaya Premium Papayas Yaya PLU-4395 Mexico. Each Mañanita Brand Papaya can be identified by a green, yellow and red sticker label that states Mexico Mañanita 4395. The Tastylicious Brand Papayas can be identified by a white and blue sticker with red and white lettering that states 4395 Tastylicious MEXICO.”
The CDC cautions that the recalled papayas should not be eaten.
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