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Mexican Papaya Recall

The Centers of Disease Control has linked the most recent outbreak of Salmonella to Maradol papayas, imported from a Tijuana packer. A company in Southern California has now issued a recall on these papayas.

At least 14 people in Arizona, California, and Colorado have been confirmed with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Anatum. One person has died, and at least five have required hospitalization.

This latest outbreak is one of four that has occurred since late last year. More than 200 people in 23 states have been sickened.

These papayas were grown in the western Mexican state of Colima, and were shipped to markets from August 10th to the 29th. Don’t eat any of these! The Food and Drug Administration recommends that you should throw out papaya if you have any doubt about its origin.

Infections of Salmonella bacteria can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. If you have eaten fresh papaya lately, and have developed any of these symptoms, you should seek medical attention. Be sure to tell your doctor about eating these papayas so that the proper diagnostic tests can be performed.