Bought a Papaya Lately? The FDA Issued a Huge Nationwide Recall

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that there has been a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Kiambu infections that are linked to imported Maradol papayas.

As of July 21, 2017, 47 people across 12 states have been reported as infected by the outbreak of Salmonella Kiambu.

Never truly been a papaya fan. But my grandma loves them and told me to photograph them.

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The states are as follows:

  • Texas

  • Utah

  • Minnesota

  • Iowa

  • Kentucky

  • Louisiana

  • Maryland

  • Massachusetts

  • New Jersey

  • New York

  • Virginia

New Jersey and New York have seen the most cases. You can view a map of affected states here.

Reports of the illness range from May 17, 2017, to June 28, 2017, and have been seen across all age groups. Of reports, 36 percent of those affected were hospitalized. One death was reported from New York City.

The CDC warns that there is a chance that not all cases have been reported because it takes two to four weeks for an illness to appear once a person has ingested a contaminated substance.

Investigation of the Outbreak

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Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence shows that the likely source of this outbreak is from Mexican Maradol papayas. This conclusion has been based both of the testimony of those who were infected and testing of the papayas in the local supermarkets. 

As a result of the CDC's findings, on July 26, Grande Produce recalled Caribeña brand Maradol papayas that were distributed during the month on July. 

As of right now, the CDC has determined based on the available evidence, that consumers should not eat nor purchase Maradol papayas from Mexico until more is learned about the origin and cause of this outbreak.  

Identifying Maradol Papayas

Maradol papayas are often called Hawaiian papayas. Visually, they are a large, oval fruit whose green skin turns orange as it ripens.

The inside of this fruit has a salmon colored flesh and its seeds, which are not edible, are a round and glossy black color.

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