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Papaya Recall Lawsuit

Papaya Recall Lawsuit

Maradol papayas from Mexico have been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella that has caused at least 200 cases of food poisoning in 23 states, including 1 death in New York City.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting papaya induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with Salmonella, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Maradol Papayas Linked to 200+ Salmonella Illnesses

As of September 20, 2017, Maradol papays from Mexico are linked to over 235 cases of Salmonella in 26 states, including 78 people who were hospitalized and 2 people who died in New York City and California, according to an update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC is currently investigating 4 separate Salmonella outbreaks linked to papayas:

Illnesses were reported in the following states:

Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

What is a Maradol Papaya?

Maradol papayas are a large oval-shaped fruit that weighs about 3 pounds. The ripe papayas have yellow skin and the unripe papayas are green. The inner flesh of the papaya is pink or salmon-colored.

CDC: Do Not Eat Any Maradol Papayas from Mexico

The CDC is warning consumers not to eat any Maradol papayas from Mexico — even if they have not been recalled — until we know more. The papayas should have a sticker that says if it is from Mexico.

What We Know So Far

The outbreak has been traced to Maradol papayas that were grown in Campeche, Mexico, and recalls have been issued for all papayas that were grown or packed on a farm called Carica de Campeche in July 2017. Other papayas from Mexico have also tested positive for Salmonella and the number of recalls may continue to expand.

Papayas from the following farms in Mexico have tested positive for Salmonella:

  • Carica de Campeche in Tenabo, in the state of Campeche, Mexico
  • Caraveo Produce in Tecomán, in the state of Colima, Mexico
  • El Zapotanito in La Huerta, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico

Outbreak Investigation

The outbreak was first linked to papayas on July 17. Health officials in Maryland reported that 3 out of 10 yellow Maradol papayas from Mexico that were purchased at a grocery store in Baltimore tested positive for Salmonella.

Laboratory tests have confirmed at least 4 strains of Salmonella in the outbreak: Salmonella Thompson (131 illnesses), Salmonella Kiambu (57 illnesses), Salmonella Agona (8 illnesses), or Salmonella Gaminara (5 illnesses)

Caribeña Papaya Recall

On July 26, a Maryland-based distributor called Grande Produce issued a recall for Caribeña® Maradol papayas that were shipped between July 10 and July 19, 2017.

Cavi Papaya Recall

On August 5, Argoson’s LLC of the Bronx, New York issued a recall for Cavi® Maradol papayas. The papayas were sold in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey until July 31, 2017. They are marked with PLU sticker: “Cavi MEXICO 4395.”

Valery Papaya Recall

On August 7, Freshtex Produce LLC issued a recall for Valery® Maradol papayas that were sold in Illinois and possibly other states from July 10 through July 13, 2017.

Salmonella Food Poisoning Symptoms

Food poisoning with Salmonella typically causes symptoms within 12 to 72 hours of eating contaminated food. The illness usually lasts about 4 to 7 days, with symptoms such as:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Chills

Do I have a Papaya Recall Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting papaya induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with Salmonella, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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