Header graphic for print

Food Safety News

Breaking news for everyone's consumption

Mexican papayas

CDC reports Salmonella outbreaks traced to papayas likely over

A collection of four Salmonella outbreaks traced to Mexican papayas appears to be over, according to federal officials who report at least 251 people across 25 states were sickened, including two who died. “Each outbreak was linked to papayas imported from a different farm in Mexico,” according to final outbreak updates posted Friday by the… Continue Reading

Papaya Salmonella outbreak slams Hispanic population in U.S.

Four U.S. outbreaks traced to papayas from Mexico have sickened 235; more cases expected

The popularity of fresh papaya in some ethnic cuisine is resulting in a disproportionate number of Hispanics being infected in four ongoing Salmonella outbreaks. With 235 laboratory confirmed infections as of this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the number of Hispanic victims in the individual outbreaks ranges from 50 percent to… Continue Reading

CDC discovers fourth Salmonella outbreak linked to papayas

Federal and state officials are investigating another deadly Salmonella outbreak traced to papayas imported from Mexico, but they have not named retailers that sold the contaminated fruit. At least 14 people across Arizona, California and Colorado have been confirmed with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Anatum, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…. Continue Reading

More papayas with Salmonella; Bravo Produce recalls fruit

Editor’s note: Because the Salmonella outbreaks traced to fresh papayas have effected a disproportionate number of Hispanic people, we are providing this link to the FDA’s recall notice in Spanish. Please share it with people you know who may not be aware of the outbreak and recalls. Bravo Produce Inc. Retira Maradol Papaya de Productores y Exportadores… 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

Could the ongoing Salmonella outbreak have been prevented?

Opinion

Outbreaks of Salmonella and other pathogens in fresh produce are unfortunately relatively frequent occurrences. This is true, particularly with imported Mexican papaya. Neither the Food and Drug Administration nor the Centers for Disease Control have disclosed potential root cause in the latest outbreak, however, the factors that lead to contamination of produce are well known…. 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