NEW YORK (MainStreet) — So long spinach and sprouts, it seems salmonella has moved on to more exotic pastures.
Agromod Produce, Inc. in McAllen, Texas announced a nationwide recall Saturday of all its imported papaya brands from Mexico, which were sold in the U.S. and Canada. The recall addresses a possible salmonella contamination and affects all Blondie, Yaya, Mananita and Tastylicious papayas sold prior to July 23, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
As the FDA states in its press release, the papayas are possibly linked to 97 reported cases in 23 states of Salmonella Agona, which can cause serious and even fatal infections in children, the elderly or adults with weakened immune systems. To date, there have been 10 hospitalizations from the infections.
Two papaya samples collected by the FDA at Agromod Produce, Inc. in McAllen and at the U.S. border tested positive for the outbreak strain. These particular shipments were not distributed in the U.S., but distribution of the papayas has since been suspended while the FDA and the company continue to investigate the problem.
According to the FDA, Blondie Brand papaya can be identified by its blue and orange sticker with green and white lettering on the fruit that states 4395 Mexico. Yaya Brand Papayas can be identified by a yellow, red, orange and green label with white, green and red lettering that reads Yaya Premium Papayas Yaya PLU-4395 Mexico. Mananita Brand Papaya has a green, yellow and red sticker label that states Mexico Mananita 4395, and Tastylicious Brand Papayas have a white and blue sticker with red and white lettering that reads 4395 Tastylicious MEXICO.
The FDA urges consumers who purchased the Blondie, Yaya, Mananita or Tastylicious Brand Papayas to return them to their place of purchase, or call the company with questions at 800-385-7658, Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. CDT.
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