Papaya Recall

Some companies have recently issued a recall for certain types of papayas. This recall comes after at least 45 hospitalizations occurred after people had consumed the fruit. 141 people have contracted salmonella after consuming the fruit.

The types of papayas included in the recall were grown on Carica de Campeche farm in Mexico. The type of papaya that has been affected by salmonella is the Maradol papaya. The papayas that may be affected by salmonella are brand names Caribena, Cavi and Valery. The Center for Disease Control as well as the Food and Drug Administatin urge consumers not to eat the papayas sold under these brand names because of the potential for salmonella contamination.

The Maradol papaya is a large fruit that weighs at least three pounds. They have green skin that becomes yellow when the fruit is ready to be eaten. The inside of a Maradol papaya is salmon in color.

The symptons of salmonella include diarrhea, fever and adominal cramps. These symptoms occur between 12 and 72 hours after exposure to salmonella. The illness commonly lasts between four and seven days.

Before consuming papaya, the Center for Disease Control recommends that you know where the papaya was grown. If the papaya was grown on the Carica de Campeche farm or you are unsure of the fruit’s origin, you should not consume it. The CDC also recommends sanitizing any are where the papaya was stored.

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