FDA Alert: Agromod Produce, Inc. is currently recalling papayas that were distributed nationwide because they may be contaminated with a rare strain of Salmonella bacteria. To date, at least 97 cases of Salmonella agona have been reported in 23 states. Consumers are being advised to discard any papayas included in this recall and consult a physician if symptoms of food poisoning appear.
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Update: 173 Salmonella Infections Linked to Papayas from Mexico
August 22, 2017 – At least 173 people in 21 states have been sickened by eating papayas linked to a farm in southern Mexico, according to ABC 7. The CDC reports that 58 of the salmonella infections were so severe they required emergency hospitalization, and one person in New York City died as a result of his illness.
What’s the problem?
July 25, 2011 – Following a nationwide outbreak of Salmonella agona, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public not to eat papayas from Agromod Produce, Inc. Routine sampling conducted by the administration found the peculiar strain of salmonella in two separate papaya samples: one collected at the Agromod Produce location in McAllen, Texas, and one collected at the U.S. border. The FDA is working with Agromod to determine if previous shipments of contaminated papayas could still be in U.S. circulation.
Four brands of papayas are included in this recall: Yaya, Blondie, Mañanita and Tastylicious. It is important to note that receiving retailers or others may have further processed these papayas. Consumers are advised to check with their retailers to see if any papayas sold at their establishments were distributed by Agromod. Individual papayas should bear one of the Agromod stickers pictured at the top of this page.
If you believe you may have purchased papayas included in this recall, you should return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund or throw it away immediately. The papayas should be discarded in a sealed container so people or animals cannot eat them.
According to the FDA, “A total of 97 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Agona have been reported from 23 states between January 1 and July 18, 2011. The number of ill persons identified in each state with the outbreak strain is as follows: Arkansas (1), Arizona (3), California (7), Colorado (1), Georgia (8), Illinois (17), Louisiana (2), Massachusetts (1), Minnesota (3), Missouri (3), Nebraska (2), Nevada (1), New Jersey (1), New Mexico (3), New York (6), Ohio (1), Oklahoma (1), Pennsylvania (1), Tennessee (1), Texas (25), Virginia (2), Washington (5), and Wisconsin (2).”
Among those who contracted salmonella poisoning, individuals range in age from less than one year old to 91 years old, with the median age being 20. Forty-one percent are younger than five, and 63 percent are female. To date, at least 10 hospitalizations have been reported in connection with this recall.
The FDA is currently investigating this issue with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health agencies to take appropriate action to make sure all recalled papaya is out of circulation. The investigation is ongoing.
Salmonella agona (strain SL483) is a major source of foodborne illness in the United States, and is a common pathogen of swine and other food animals. As with many other strains of Salmonella bacteria, genetic and immunological data are lacking. Salmonella agona has recently been identified as a stereotype capable of receiving the Salmonella genomic island 1 (SGI1) multi-drug resistance gene cluster by horizontal gene spread. Signs and symptoms of Salmonella agona food poisoning may include:
- abdominal pain
- muscle pain
Click here to read more about other recent salmonella outbreaks from Schmidt & Clark, LLP.
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