Argroson's Recalls Maradol Papaya Cavi Brand for Possible Salmonella

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The CDC says Cavi and Valery brand Maradol papayas are now being recalled, joining the Caribeña brand, which were recalled last month.

The FDA announced on Friday that a Bronx distributor, Agroson's, was recalling "2,483 boxes of Maradol Papaya Cavi Brand, grown and packed by Carica de Campeche, as a precaution because other brands that also buy from this farm have been tested positive for Salmonella".

Additional victims are expected to be identified because people who became ill after July 10 might not yet be included in the CDC's numbers because of the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported.

Wholesale customers that received the papayas have been notified to remove the recalled product from inventory, store shelves, and other commercial venues.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 109 people in 16 states have caught the illness from eating papayas traced to the Carica de Campeche farm in Campeche, Mexico.

Grande Produce of San Juan, TX, and Agroson's Produce of New York City already recalled whole, fresh maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm in Southern Mexico.

The FDA says that children younger than five, the elderly, and those people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe infections.

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Freshtex Produce LLC has ceased importing papayas from the grower, Carica de Campeche, and said it is taking precautionary measures to ensure the safety of its imported produce.

The FDA is increasing testing of papayas from Mexico to determine whether fruit from other farms could be contaminated.

More than 100 Americans have now been sickened by salmonella from a papaya imported from Mexico, the CDC reveals. The agency recommends that anyone with these papayas in their homes throw them away. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever and abdominal pain.

The specific papayas in question include the Caribeña, some Cavi brand, and the Valery brand papayas.

A growing risk of salmonella has prompted the FDA to issue new warnings about papayas.

For more information on the recalls, or the salmonella outbreak, visit the FDA's website.

The import alert was put in place after FDA analysis of Mexican papayas between May 2011 and August 2011 found salmonella in 33 of 211 samples.

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