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Inspector General again finds weaknesses in organic imports

Consumers buying pricey organic produce would likely be upset if they knew the imported fruits and vegetables they pay premium prices for are sometimes doused with chemicals when they reach the United States. A new report by USDA’s Inspector General looks at the National Organic Program’s international “arrangements and agreements” and finds them badly in need of… Continue Reading

Papaya Salmonella cases top 200; more farms implicated

The victim count in ongoing Salmonella outbreaks traced to papayas from Mexico has topped 200, with U.S. officials not only reporting they linked two more farms to sick people, but that they expect to identify even more farms and victims. Infections from three additional serotypes of Salmonella bacteria have been confirmed in outbreak victims, according… Continue Reading

Papaya pathogen problems persist

Little appears to have changed since 2011 outbreak, despite efforts of U.S., Mexican governments

Salmonella — the pathogen behind an ongoing foodborne illness outbreak that has sickened 173 people across 21 states, killing one — is a normal inhabitant of the intestinal tract of many birds, reptiles and mammals. The possibility that an agricultural product such as papayas may be contaminated with Salmonella is impossible to eradicate; however, the… Continue Reading

Papaya Salmonella outbreak continues to spread; 21 states hit

The Salmonella outbreak traced to whole, fresh papayas from a farm in Southern Mexico continues to spread, with a 25 percent increase in victims in the past week. Two more states are reporting confirmed illnesses in the outbreak, Missouri and Tennessee, bringing the total to 21 states involved with 173 victims, including one in New… Continue Reading

Papaya-related Salmonella victim count triples in 3 weeks

Ethnic community hit hard — 67 percent of victims with available information are Hispanic

Editor’s note:  (To read FDA and CDC outbreak updates in Spanish, click on these links:) Para leer las actualizaciones de brotes de FDA y CDC en español, haga clic en estos enlaces: FDA https://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm568393.htm CDC https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/kiambu-07-17/es/index.html The deadly Salmonella outbreak that has been traced to maradol papayas from Mexico is spreading, with 32 more victims… Continue Reading

Third importer recalls Mexican papayas in Salmonella outbreak

A third produce importer in the U.S. is recalling whole, fresh maradol papayas grown and packed by Carica de Campeche in Mexico because a deadly, ongoing Salmonella outbreak has been traced to papayas from the farm. Freshtex Produce LLC of Alamo, TX, posted its recall of “Valery” brand maradol papayas from the farm in Southern… Continue Reading

Second brand of papayas recalled in outbreak; more expected

Agroson’s LLC, a distributor in New York City, is recalling Cavi brand maradol papayas because they were grown on a farm in Mexico that produced other brands of papaya that are linked to a deadly Salmonella outbreak in the U.S. that has sickened more than 100 people. Investigators with the Food and Drug Administration are… Continue Reading

Papaya farm linked to deadly outbreak; victim count hits 109

Officials have barred all papayas from a farm in Mexico from import to the U.S. as well as warning the public to not eat Caribeña brand maradol papayas from Mexico after tracing a deadly Salmonella outbreak to the fruit. The number of victims has more than doubled in the past two weeks, increasing from 47… Continue Reading

More distributors, brands likely involved in papaya outbreak

CDC advises consumers, restaurants, retailers to throw out all maradol papayas from Mexico

Editor’s note: Because of the popularity of papayas in Mexican and Hispanic cuisine, public health officials say people in those groups are at particular risk during the current outbreak. To access information the CDC has posted in Spanish, click here.  Federal officials doubled down on warnings about whole, fresh maradol papayas Thursday, urging consumers to throw… Continue Reading

Importer finally recalls papayas linked to deadly outbreak

A week after Maryland officials issued a public warning linking Caribeña  brand maradol papayas to a Salmonella outbreak, produce distributor Grande Produce LLC finally went public with a recall of the implicated fruit. In the company’s recall notice, posted late Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration, Grande Produce of San Juan, TX, reported it… Continue Reading