One dead, 140 sickened in US by papayas from Mexican farm

Aug. 15, 2017

One person is dead and 140 others have been reported infected with strains of Salmonella traced to papayas imported from Mexico to the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A related news release from food safety advocate and attorney Bill Marler said that 19 states have confirmed cases in connection with ingestion of the fruit, including Connecticut (5); Delaware (4); Iowa (2); Kentucky (3); Louisiana (2); Maryland (8); Massachusetts (6); Michigan (1); Minnesota (4); North Carolina (3); New Jersey (27); New York (39); Ohio (1); Oklahoma (4); Pennsylvania (8); Texas (7); Virginia (14); and Wisconsin (1). 

One death in New York has been attributed to this outbreak, the news release said. Victims range in age from 1 year to 95, with a median age of 39. 

The CDC said it's possible that new cases have yet to be discovered; the agency recommends that consumers not eat Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm in Mexico. If in doubt about the origins of a papaya, the CDC is cautioning consumers and restaurants to throw out the fruit.  


Topics: Food Safety


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