July 26, 2011

Mexican Papayas Recalled Amid Salmonella Outbreak

Agromod Produce Inc. said it is voluntarily recalling papayas imported from Mexico due to possible salmonella contamination.

The McAllen, Texas-based company said its Blondie, Yaya, Mananita and Tastylicious brand papayas sold prior to July 23 could be linked to a salmonella outbreak that resulted in 97 reported cases of illness, including 10 hospitalizations, in 23 states.

Texas and Illinois saw the most reported cases, which particularly affected children less than 5 years old and women, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said.

FDA said it is working with Agromod and with officials in Mexico to determine how the fruit became contaminated.

Agromod announced its papaya recall on Saturday, saying the fruit was distributed across the United States and to Canada.

A salmonella infection typically causes diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within the first few days after eating a contaminated food product.  It is the most common foodborne illness in the United States, and is most often linked to contaminated meats, produce and processed foods.  Last year, salmonella infections caused some 2,300 hospitalizations and 29 deaths.


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