(CBS/AP) Papayas are a popular summertime treat. But the FDA is warning Americans the tropical fruit may be responsible for recent outbreaks of salmonella poisoning.
Agromod Produce Inc. is recalling papayas imported from Mexico. It says the Blondie, Yaya, Mananita and Tastylicious brand papayas sold prior to July 23 could be linked to 97 reported cases of salmonella in 23 states.
The FDA found salmonella in papaya samples at both Agromod's headquarters in McAllen, Texas, and in a supply at the Meixcan border heading there. The fresh, whole papayas were distributed across the U.S. and to Canada.
People infected with salmonella typically develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps within 12 to 72 hours. Most recover within a week without treatment, though infants, elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems can develop severe cases that require hospitalization and treatment with antibiotics. About 40,000 Americans get salmonellosis each year and 400 die.
What happens if you purchased papayas before July 23? The agency says to check the fruit's labels. Yaya Brand Papayas can be identified by a yellow, red, orange, and green label with white, green and red lettering that reads Yaya Premium Papayas Yaya PLU-4395 Mexico. Each Mañanita Brand bears a green, yellow and red sticker label that states Mexico Mañanita 4395. Tastylicious Brand Papayas can have a white and blue sticker with red and white lettering that states 4395 Tastylicious MEXICO.
Contact Agromod Produce at (800) 385-7658 for more information.