U.S.: Third brand recalled following salmonella papaya outbreak
Update: On August 11 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported a total of 141 people across 19 states had been affected by the outbreak.
A third brand has been recalled in the U.S. salmonella outbreak that has left one dead and sickened 108 others across 16 states.
Texas-based Freshtex Produce is voluntarily recalling 'Valery' brand Maradol papayas grown and packed by Carica de Campeche, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suspects is the source of the outbreak.
The fruit was distributed to Illinois from July 10 to July 13, 2017. However, the product may have been further distributed outside the state, the FDA said.
No other papayas distributed by Freshtex Produce LLC are subject to the recall.
"The recall was initiated after Freshtex Produce’s LLC, was notified by the FDA, on August 4, 2017, that other brands of Maradol Papayas from the farm, Carica de Campeche, had tested positive for Salmonella," the FDA said.
In late March, Texas-based Grande Produce initiated a limited recall of papayas sold under its Caribeña brand, and more recently New York-based distributor Agroson’s recalled fruit sold under its Cavi brand.
"The FDA is now advising that consumers avoid Caribeña, Cavi and Valery brands of Maradol papayas, and all varieties of papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm located in Campeche, MX, as a result of the FDA’s traceback investigation and testing," the agency said.
"The FDA is working to identify additional brand(s) that these papayas are sold under and facilitate recall(s). Meanwhile, consumers should ask their retailers about the source of their papayas."