Texas distributor issues voluntary recall of Valery brand Maradol papayas

Henrietta Brewer
August 9, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration is asking consumers to avoid all varieties of papayas grown from the Carica de Campeche farm located in Campeche, MX.

In late July, Grande Produce informed the FDA that it initiated a limited recall of its Caribeña brand Maradol papayas distributed nationwide from July 7 - July 18, 2017.

The Centers For Disease Control linked the salmonella cases to papayas purchased from a store in Baltimore, Maryland, reports Food And Wine.

The FDA said it is working with Mexican food safety authorities to conduct inspections and other follow up activities.

The Maradol papayas were distributed in IL from July 10 to July 13, however, the product may have been further distributed outside the state of IL, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

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".

The company notes that the fruit was available for sale to retail customers until July 31. They were distributed to the State of IL from July 10 to July 13, and may have been further distributed outside the state, the company said.

The Campeche farm has been added to an import alert which allows FDA field personnel to stop fresh produce from entering the USA from the farm until it's proven to have resolved issues that caused the bacterial contamination.

Numerous illnesses have been reported on the East Coast, including 36 in NY, 26 in New Jersey and 11 in Virginia.

Freshtex Produce has ceased importing papayas from the grower, "and is taking all precautionary measures to ensure the safety of its imported produce", according to the recall notice.

Carica de Campeche has been placed on the "red" list as a result of the investigation into the current outbreak.

It was not immediately clear how the papaya was contaminated, an FDA spokesman said. The positive samples were from 28 firms and represented almost all major papaya growing regions in the country.

Maradol papayas are a large, oval fruit that weighs three or more pounds, with green skins that turn yellow when the fruit is ripe.

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