July 24, 2017 — A deadly outbreak of Salmonella that has infected 47 people in 12 states has been linked to Caribeña Maradol papayas from Mexico.
Twelve of the victims were hospitalized, including one person in New York City who died, according to an outbreak investigation from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
No recall has been issued, but illnesses were traced to yellow Caribeña-brand Maradol papayas distributed in the U.S. by Grande Produce of San Juan, Texas. The papayas were apparently only grown on farms in Mexico.
The papayas were sold in Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.
The cluster of Salmonella illnesses was identified last month, but the outbreak was not traced to papayas until July 17, 2017. Health officials in Baltimore collected samples of papayas and 3 out of 10 tested positive for the same strains of Salmonella in the outbreak.
Only the yellow papayas tested positive, although the FDA is warning consumers not to eat any color of Caribeña Maradol papayas. The papayas are normally green before they ripen and turn yellow.
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