Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Papayas From Mexico - July 25th, 2011
A Texas food distributor is voluntarily recalling Mexican-grown papayas amid fears they led to a salmonella outbreak involving 97 people in 23 states.

Agromod Produce announced Saturday that it is recalling papayas sold before July 23, which come in four brands: Blondie, MaƱanita, Tastylicious and Yaya.

Ten people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. Salmonella can cause severe diarrhea and poses the most risk to infants and the elderly—in the most recent outbreak, patients ranged from younger than1 year old to 91 years old, and 41% of the patients are younger than 5 years old.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration are still investigating the sources of the outbreak—illnesses started as early as January, and only 57% of the patients interviewed said they ate papaya, according to an FDA release.

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