Today health officials reported that Maradol papayas from Mexico have been linked to 109 Salmonella illnesses in 16 states, including 1 person who died in New York City.
On August 5, Argoson’s LLC of the Bronx, NY recalled certain Cavi® Maradol papayas that came from Carica de Campeche in Mexico. The products were sold in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey until July 31, 2017. They have a PLU sticker marked “Cavi MEXICO 4395.”
Last month, Grande Produce recalled Caribeña® Maradol papayas that were distributed between July 10 and July 19, 2017.
The FDA tested other papayas imported from Mexico and found they were contaminated with several strains of Salmonella.
The recalls were issued after several brands of Maradol papayas from the farm tested positive for Salmonella. All papayas that were imported to the U.S. from this farm in the month of July were recalled.
Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in people with vulnerable immune systems. According to the FDA:
In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.”
Healthy people who are infected with Salmonella may experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain for several days.