Papayas Recalled in Nationwide Salmonella Outbreak
Nearly 100 people have been sickened by a new Salmonella outbreak likely caused by papayas from Agromond Produce, Inc.
On Monday the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to consumers not to eat papayas from Agromond Produce, Inc. which imports its fruits from Mexico and uses the following brand stickers: Yaya, Blondie, Mañanita, and Tastylicious.
According to the report, there have been 97 reported cases of Salmonella across 23 states since January. Salmonella is a potentially deadly gastrointestinal disease which causes diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramping. If not treated promptly with antibiotics the infection can spread to the bloodstream causing serious complications including organ failure and even death.
The FDA says that those who are at the highest risk are people with a compromised immune system such as infants and the elderly. Symptoms of the illness typically present within 72 hours after consumption of the infected food and medical attention should be sought immediately.
Agromond Produce, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of their papaya products which were distributed before July 23, 2011. Consumers that are in possession of these papayas are being encouraged to dispose of them in sealed containers so that they cannot be opened and consumed by animals or humans.
To date the majority of the illnesses reported have come from Texas, where 25 people have been affected. Other states where there have been infections include Arkansas , Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri , Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania , Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
The FDA is currently working with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as state health officials and the papaya distributors to make sure all of the contaminated papayas are taken off the markets.
This Salmonella outbreak comes in the wake of an ongoing investigation into another US outbreak caused by tree frogs which has sickened 214 individuals in 42 states.