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Mexican Papayas Investigated After Deadly Salmonella Outbreaks In 23 States

Both the Federal Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned against eating papayas that come from Mexico, after several Salmonella outbreaks that have led to 65 hospitalizations and even one death.

They’ve advised to ask where your papayas are coming from before buying, as four different Mexican farms have gotten people sick.

The 23 states affected were: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Most recently, the FDA and CDC asked to stay away from Maradol papayas from “Productores y Exportadores de Carica Papaya de Tecomán y Costa Alegre” which come from Tijuana, Baja California Mexico. The FDA found Salmonella Anatum in these papayas, which could be linked to 14 cases of the illness.

The other three farms included in the warning are Carica de Campeche, Rancho el Ganadero, and El Zapotanito.

The brands specifically linked to those farms include Caribena by Grande Produce, certain Cavi papayas by Agroson’s, Valery by Freshtex Produce, and Frutas Selectas by Bravo produce. The Caribena papayas usually have a red, yellow, and green sticker attached.

If you think your papayas fall in any of these categories, do not put them in your mouth and take them straight back to the market.


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Deadly Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak Traced Back To Mexican Papayas

If you’ve purchased some fresh papayas recently, you may want to consider throwing them out ASAP.

A massive multi-state outbreak has begun that’s been linked back to fresh Maradol papayas. So far, 47 people across a dozen different states have fallen ill, with twelve victims being hospitalized and one person in New York City dying due to the Salmonella, according to statements posted by the FDA, CDC, and Maryland Department of Health.

At least two different strains of Salmonella have been identified so far in this outbreak, both of which cause symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, and fever. Symptoms can begin anywhere between six and 72 hours after being exposed to the pathogen, with young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems more likely to suffer severe infections.

No recalls have yet to be issued, as the FDA and CDC are both still looking into exactly how many brands and cultivars of papaya have been affected by this outbreak. For now, they are confident in saying we should all avoid consuming Maradol papayas, especially those from the brand Caribeña. More information about which papayas are safe or not will come as the investigations continue.

If you’re not entirely sure if a papaya you purchased is of the Maradol variety, ask the establishment you bought it from. When in doubt, throw it out and be sure to sanitize anywhere the papayas were placed.