A brand of papayas sold in Kentucky has been recalled after it was linked to an multi-state outbreak of salmonella, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Caribeña brand Maradol papayas have been linked by the Centers for Disease Control to the salmonella outbreak, which involves 47 cases, 12 hospitalizations and one death, according to the FDA. Kentucky, Indiana, and Louisiana are a few of the twelve states affected by the outbreak.
Grande Produce, the distributor for Caribeña brand produce, initiated a limited recall of their Maradol papayas distributed from July 7 to July 18, according to the FDA. The FDA is telling consumers to avoid all Marabol papayas from the brand.
Caribeña brand distribution patterns cannot be linked to every case in the outbreak, so it’s likely that Maradol papayas from other firms are contaminated as well, according to the FDA.
Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps, according to the FDA.
The FDA recommends consumers not eat any Maradol papayes from Mexico while the investigation continues, throw away any Caribeña brand Maradol papayas and ask restaurants or retailers whether they use Caribeña brand Maradol papayas.
Further information about the salmonella outbreak and about the papaya recall can be found on the FDA website.