Food & Drink

Company recalls Maradol papayas at the center of salmonella outbreak

Grande Produce has recalled some of its Maradol papayas.
Grande Produce has recalled some of its Maradol papayas.

The day after the FDA and the CDC issued salmonella warnings about Mexico-grown Maradol papayas, Grande Produce announced a recall on the FDA website of Caribeña brand Maradol papayas.

Grande Produce noted that it’s a limited recall.

“The only papayas subject to the recall carry a “Caribeña” brand label on cartons and were shipped during the dates of July 10 to July 19,” the notice states.

As of the CDC’s Thursday afternoon update, the salmonella outbreak the organization says tracks back to yellow Maradol papayas has stayed at 47 people infected in 12 states. Over half the infected are in the New York/New Jersey, where 25 have gotten salmonella and one person has died. The next most are in Virginia (six) and neighboring Maryland (five). Grande Produce distributed its papayas in Maryland.

“Grande Produce has ceased importation of papayas from the grower and is taking all precautionary measures to ensure the safety of its imported produce,” stated the recall notice. “Environmental microbial testing conducted by Grande Produce of its facilities has been negative for the salmonella organism to-date.”

Consumers can return the papayas for a full refund at the place of purchase or phone the company at 888-507-2720 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

When the FDA issued its warning Tuesday, it pointed out Grande Produce hadn’t issued a news release about its limited recall and said, “Therefore, the FDA is advising all consumers avoid all Caribeña brand Maradol papayas.”

In Thursday’s updated warning, the FDA acknowleged Grande Produce did as the government organization desired, “however, FDA is continuing to advise consumers to avoid all Caribeña brand Maradol papayas.”

Salmonella symptoms, which usually begin 12 hours to three days after infection, usually includes diarrhea, fever and cramps for four days to a week.

“In some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In these patients, the salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics,” the FDA states. “Children are the most likely to get salmonellosis. Children younger than five, the elderly, and those people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe infections.”

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