Caribeña papayas are being recalled for potential Salmonella contamination, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. The recalled papayas were distributed by Caribe Produce Ltd. Co. of McAllen, Texas.
A total of 286 cases of Papaya Maradol, Caribeña brand papayas are involved in the recall. The papayas are packed in 35-pound cartons marked with the words “Caribeña” and “Product of Mexico” stamped on the side. The papayas are sold individually, and each one bears a label, which states “3112 CARIBEÑA Papaya MARADOL PRODUCT OF MEXICO www.grandeproduce.com.”
The recalled Papaya Maradol, Caribeña Brand cases were distributed in the Bronx, New York in wholesale stores and through retail stores from May 14th, 2012 to May 17th, 2012. No illnesses have been reported, to date, in connection with this recall; however, it can take some time from ingestion of a contaminated food product to manifestation of symptoms.
The potential for Salmonella contamination was noted after routine testing by Caribe Produce revealed the presence of Salmonella. Consumers in possession of the recalled Papaya Maradol, Caribeña brand papayas are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Papaya Marado can be reached at 1.956.874.9411.
The most common symptoms of Salmonella poisoning—salmonellosis—are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever, with symptoms manifesting, usually, within six to 72 hours. Additional symptoms include chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting that can last up to seven days. The illness usually lasts four to seven days; however, in some, the organism can invade the bloodstream, becoming so severe that hospitalization is required. Sometimes, infection with the Salmonella pathogen can result in, and produce more severe or chronic illnesses.
Salmonella poisoning—salmonellosis—can be dangerous, even deadly, leaving sufferers with serious life-long health issues. Salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial food borne illnesses, can be especially life threatening to those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or who are undergoing chemotherapy.