A week after the (CDC) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maryland Department of Health officials warned customers that Caribena brand yellow Maradol papayas from Mexico were linked to a salmonella multistate outbreak, the company that imported them has finally gone public with a recall.
Produce distributor Grande Produce LLC said late Wednesday that they had stopped receiving papaya from the grower in Mexico that supplied the contaminated fruit, according to Food Safety News.
The state has not yet identified the source of the contamination. It could have occurred at any point in the supply chain, according to Food Safety News.
A person in New York City died after contracting salmonella from eating the fruit. This outbreak has infected 46 other people in 12 states, federal health officials reported on Friday.
The 12 states include: New York, New Jersey, Utah and Kentucky, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia.
If you aren’t sure if the papaya you bought is a Maradol papaya, please ask the place of purchase. Restaurants and retailers can ask their supplier. When in doubt, don’t eat, sell, or serve them and throw them out.
The CDC encourages us to wash and sanitize countertops as well as drawers or shelves in refrigerators where you stored the papayas.
If you think you have eaten a Caribena brand yellow Maradol contact a healthcare provider immediately.
People infected with Salmonella will have the following signs and symptoms 12-72 hours after being exposed to the deadly bacteria:
Diarrhea, Fever, and Abdominal cramps
Read more about this Multistate Outbreak here.