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Salmonella Outbreak In Connecticut Linked To Papayas From Mexico

Maradol papayas from Mexico are linked to salmonella outbreaks in several states.
Maradol papayas from Mexico are linked to salmonella outbreaks in several states. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Four cases of salmonella reported in Connecticut have been linked to papayas from a farm in Carica de Campeche, Mexico, that have tested positive for five different strains of the bacteria, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The outbreak investigation as of Aug. 8 had expanded to include another strain of salmonella.

A total of 109 cases of salmonella have been linked to the papayas, with cases reported in Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. One death and 35 hospitalizations have been reported.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that Maradol papayas imported from Mexico are the likely source of this multistate outbreak.
  • The FDA tested other papayas imported from Mexico and found they were contaminated with several types of salmonella.
  • The CDC recommends that consumers not eat, restaurants not serve, and retailers not sell Maradol papayas from Mexico until we learn more.

On Aug. 5, Agroson’s LLC recalled certain Cavi brand Maradol papayas grown and packed by Carica de Campeche. The Cavi brand carries a purple, green and black sticker with the words “cavi MEXICO 4395” in white. Only certain lot codes of Cavi brand Maradol papayas were recalled. Other Cavi papayas, sourced from other farms, were not recalled.

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