Grande Produce, of San Juan, Texas, recalled Caribeña Maradol papayas that were distributed between July 10 and July 19, 2017.
The recall was issued on July 26, nine days after Maryland officials confirmed that 3 out of 10 Caribeña papayas from a store in Baltimore tested positive for Salmonella and warned the public.
One person died in New York City and 46 others were sickened with Salmonella across a dozen states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Twelve victims were hospitalized.
The FDA is continuing to advise against eating all Caribeña Maradol papayas from Mexico, regardless of the distributor, sell-by date, color, or the states where recalls have been officially announced.
More illnesses have been reported in states where Grande Produce did not sell papayas, which means other companies likely distributed contaminated Maradol papayas from Mexico, according to the FDA.
Grande Produce said they have stopped receiving papayas from their grower in Mexico, but refused to identify what grower supplied the papayas or the region in Mexico were the papayas were grown.
Grande Produce has ceased importation of papayas from the grower and is taking all precautionary measures to ensure the safety of its imported produce.”
Anyone who has these papayas in their home should dispose of them immediately. Maradol papayas are green before they ripen and turn yellow, but consumers should not eat Caribeña papayas of any color.
The recalled papayas can be identified by a red, green and yellow sticker shown below.
Source: Grande Produce Issues Voluntary Recall of Limited Quantity of Papaya “Caribeña” Due to Potential Health Risk
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