In a follow-up on the multistate outbreak of Salmonella Kiambu and Salmonella Thompson infections linked to imported Maradol Papayas, Sixty-four more ill people from 15 states were added to this investigation since the last update.
The outbreak total is 109 cases and 35 hospitalizations from 16 states. One death was reported from New York City.
The states involved are CT, DE, IA, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, NC, NJ, NY, OK, PA, TX, VA, and WI.
Investigators used whole genome sequencing (WGS) to learn more about the DNA fingerprint of the strains of Salmonella isolated from Maradol papayas that Maryland health officials collected from a grocery store in that state. Samples from these papayas yielded outbreak strains of Salmonella Kiambu and Salmonella Thompson. Both samples were from Caribeña brand Maradol papayas imported from Mexico.
The FDA is now advising that consumers avoid Caribeña brand Maradol papayas and all varieties of papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm located in Campeche, MX as a result of the FDA’s traceback investigation and testing. The FDA is working to identify the brand(s) that these papayas are sold under and facilitate recall(s). Meanwhile, consumers should ask their retailers about the source of their papayas.
Caribeña brand Maradol papayas, distributed by Grande Produce, have been recalled, but other brands may also originate from the Carica de Campeche farm. The Caribeña brand can be identified by a red, green and yellow sticker shown here. If anyone has these papayas in their home, they should dispose of them immediately.
FDA tested other papayas imported from Mexico and isolated several types of Salmonella, including Salmonella Agona, Salmonella Kiambu, Salmonella Gaminara, Salmonella Thompson, and Salmonella Senftenberg. Through this testing, the FDA has also identified Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche papaya farm in Mexico as a likely source of the outbreak.
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