More than 100 people have fallen ill with salmonella after eating tainted papaya, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, noting that six more states have been added to the outbreak. So far, the one previously reported fatality was in NYC, with the most afflicted coming from New York and NJ.
Thirty-six people in New York and 26 in New Jersey have been infected; the other 47 have been sickened in 12 other states.
The CDC has found two strains of salmonella—Salmonella Kiambu and Salmonella Thompson—from Maradol papayas in Maryland. The FDA has found three other strains—Salmonella Agona, Salmonella Gaminara and Salmonella Senftenberg—in papayas imported from Mexico, identifying the "Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche papaya farm in Mexico as a likely source of the outbreak."
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... Product was distributed to wholesalers in the following states NY, CT, and NJ, from July 16 to 19, 2017. This product was further to downstream customers, including retail consumers. The papayas were available for sale until July 31, 2017. Consumers can identify the papayas by PLU sticker, cavi MEXICO 4395."
Agroson's says they have "ceased importing papayas from Carica de Compeche."
The CDC warns that "consumers [should] not eat, restaurants not serve, and retailers not sell Maradol papayas from Mexico until we learn more. If you aren’t sure if the papaya you bought is a Maradol papaya from Mexico, you can ask the place of purchase. Restaurants and retailers can ask their supplier. When in doubt, don’t eat, sell, or serve them and throw them out. Wash and sanitize countertops as well as drawers or shelves in refrigerators where papayas were stored."