(UPDATED COVERAGE, July 28) All papaya sold before July 23 by Agromod Produce Inc., McAllen, Texas, is subject to a voluntary recall by the company because of possible salmonella contamination.
The company issued the recall July 23 after the Food and Drug Administration did sample tests at the McAllen distributing location and at the U.S. border and found Salmonella Agona.
Late on July 27 a fresh-cut supplier, GHSW LLC in Houston, voluntarily recalled six of its products after learning that they possibly contained the Agromod recalled papaya. All six products have “best if used by” dates of July 30 or sooner and are packaged in plastic containers. They include mixed fruit, papaya spears and salsa. The complete list of GHSW recalled products is available in its recall notice. No illnesses have been reported in relation to the GHSW fresh-cut products.
According to the Centers for Disease control, the outbreak began Jan. 17 and as of July 27, 99 cases of the salmonella strain had been reported in 23 states. Ten people had been admitted to hospitals.
Agromod company officials were not available for comment July 25.
The recall notice, available at http://tinyurl.com/Agromod-recall, stated that all Blondie, Yaya, Mañanita, and Tastylicious brand papayas sold by Agromod before July 23 are subject to the recall. The fresh papayas were distributed nationwide in the U.S. and Canada.
The company sells to retailers, wholesalers, restaurants and hotel chains, according to the company’s website.
Blondie brand papayas have a blue and orange sticker label with green and white lettering on the fruit reading “Blondie 4395 Mexico.” The Yaya brand papayas labels are yellow, red, orange and green with white, green and red lettering that reads “Yaya Premium Papayas Yaya PLU-4395 Mexico.” Each Mañanita brand papaya has a green, yellow and red sticker label that states “Mexico Mañanita 4395.” The Tastylicious brand papayas can be identified by a white and blue sticker with red and white lettering reading “4395 Tastylicious MEXICO.”
The company has halted distribution while it helps the FDA investigate the cause of the possible contamination.
The shipments that tested positive at the border were not distributed in the U.S., according to the recall statement. Two individual pieces of fruit tested at the company’s McAllen facility tested positive and the company stopped all distribution pending further results.
The majority of illnesses are in Texas, where 25 people have reported becoming sick. Illinois had the second most with 17 illnesses.
Other states reporting illnesses are: Arkansas (1), Arizona (3), California (7), Colorado (1), Georgia (8), Louisiana (2), Massachusetts (1), Minnesota (3), Missouri (3), Nebraska (2), Nevada (1), New Jersey (1), New Mexico (3), New York (7), Ohio (1), Oklahoma (1), Pennsylvania (2), Tennessee (1), Virginia (2), Washington (5) and Wisconsin (2).