San Ysidro, Calif.-based Bravo Produce has recalled maradol papayas grown by Productores y Exportadores de Carica Papaya de Tecomán y Costa Alegre SPR of RL.

A positive test for salmonella spurred the recall, according to a notice on the Food and Drug Administration website.

The papayas in question were distributed to wholesalers and retailers in California between Aug. 10 and Aug. 29.

Consumers can identify the product by its packing label, Frutas Selectas de Tijuana, S. de R.L. of C.V.

The FDA is supervising removal of any remaining affected product at retail or elsewhere in the supply chain.

To ensure the safety of future imports, Bravo Produce is taking samples from each shipment and having them tested for salmonella by a private laboratory.

Bravo is also cooperating with the FDA in its investigation.

 

Larger issue

Productores y Exportadores de Carica Papaya de Tecomán y Costa Alegre SPR of RL is one of several growers whose maradol papayas have recently tested positive for salmonella.

The recall notice did not say whether any illnesses have been linked to this farm, but the FDA has identified three separate outbreaks linked to three other farms.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 201 people in 23 states have been sickened by papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm in Campeche, Mexico, and one death has been reported. Sixty-five people have been hospitalized.

Three other illnesses have been connected to Caraveo Produce in Tecomán, Mexico, and six more illness have been linked to El Zapotanito in La Huerta, Mexico.

Updates on the ongoing investigation by the FDA and CDC are expected this week.

 

Disclose retailers?

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, Washington, D.C., has appealed the FDA’s decision not to provide a list of locations where the affected papayas were sold.

The FDA is withholding 451 pages of documents relevant to the CSPI’s Freedom of Information Request, citing an exemption for trade secret and confidential information, according to a news release.

“The typical consumer isn’t going to recognize the brand of papaya they buy or the farm it was grown on, but they know where they bought it,” CSPI chief regulatory affairs counsel Sarah Sorscher said in the release. “The FDA is supposed to be helping Americans avoid foodborne illness. It could improve by consistently disclosing retailer names and locations, along with brand names, dates of sale, lot numbers, and other useful information when it communicates with the media or with the public about recalls.”