Papaya Salmonella Outbreak Continues to Grow as Victims Identified:  201 Victims in 23 States

The FDA and CDC have traced the Papaya  Salmonella outbreak to Maradol papayas from these Mexican Farms: Carica de Campeche in Tenabo, Campe che; Caraveo Produce in Tecomán, Colima; and El Zapotanito in La Huerta, Jalisco.  All papayas from these farms are believed to be off the market at this time, both due to shelf life and an aggressive recall. The FDA has also established an Import Alert (number 99-35) to prevent importation of the Carica de Campeche papayas following positive testing of the fruit.  Multiple tests identified more than one strain of Salmonella in the fruit.

Out of an abundance of caution, however, the FDA is asking consumers to inspect the fruit in their homes, and asking them to identify Caribeña brand papayas, distributed by Grande Produce, Cavi brand papayas distributed by Agroson’s; and Valery brand papayas, distributed by Freshtex Produce, LLC.  These should be returned to the vendor or discarded.

Salmonella Kiambu, Salmonella Thompson, Salmonella Agona and Salmonella Gaminara Identified in Outbreak:  Other Strains Also Identified in Papaya from Mexico though not Considered Part of this Papaya Salmonella Outbreak

The FDA has also reported finding papayas sourced from two additional farms that contained Salmonella – though it is clear that these strains were not identified in the current outbreak. These findings are troubling because they indicate a problem that may be endemic to the region.

The CDC has identified at least 201 victims int his outbreak, including 65 who were hospitalized and ine who died in New York.  The victims come from the following states:. The states involved are CT, DE, FL, IA, IL, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WI.

For more information about the Papaya Salmonella Outbreak, call the Salmonella Hotline at 1-888-335-4901.