Bravo Produce recalls papayas amid ongoing salmonella outbreak

September 11 , 2017

California-based Bravo Produce is recalling Maradol papayas grown by Productores y Exportadores de Carica Papaya de Tecomán y Costa Alegre and packed by Frutas Selectas de Tijuana.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it was a preventative measure as the product had tested positive for salmonella.

“We inform that the product was distributed to markets within the state of California in the period from August 10 to 29, 2017,” it said.

“This product was addressed to wholesale customers and including retail consumers. Maradol Papayas were available for sale until August 29, 2017.”

All consignees who were given the product have been notified to remove and destroy the papayas that are on store shelves and other commercial places. Supervision for withdrawal effectiveness are already underway by the FDA.

Bravo Produce Inc will be taking precautionary measures to ensure the safety of its imported products by taking samples from each cargo to a private laboratory authorized by that agency for the determination of the disease, the FDA said.

The company is also cooperating with FDA in its investigation and will provide all possible assistance.

The U.S. has been affected by a deadly mutlistate salmonella outbreak over recent months, with the Centers for Disease (CDC) Control reporting a case count of 201 across 23 states, including 65 hospitalizations and one death.

The FDA has so far identified three Mexican farms as possible sources: Carica de Campeche farm in the Yucatan Peninsula, Caraveo Produce in Tecomán, Colima, and El Zapotanito in La Huerta, Jalisco.

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