Agromod Produce, Inc. Recalls Papaya Because Of Possible Health Risk

July 29, 2011

July 29, 2011 - Agromod Produce, Inc. of McAllen, Texas is recalling all Papayas, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

The products being recalled are:

UPC Code Product Description Lot Code
PLU 4395 Blondie Brand Papaya All sold prior to July 23
PLU 4395 Yaya Brand Papaya All sold prior to July 23
PLU 4395 Mananita Brand Papaya All sold prior to July 23
PLU 4395 Tastylicious Brand Papaya All sold prior to July 23

The papayas were imported from Mexico and are possibly linked to 97 reported cases of Salmonella Agona, including 10 hospitalizations, in 23 states throughout the United States. Recent sampling by the FDA found the outbreak strain in two papaya samples collected at Agromod Produce, Inc. location in McAllen, TX and at the U.S. border destined for Agromod Produce, Inc. The shipments that tested positive with the outbreak strain were not distributed in the U.S. Distribution of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

For more information please contact the company at (800) 385-7658 or visit the FDA's website.