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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking retailers and restaurants to remove yellow maradol papayas from shelves and menus after dozens of people became infected with Salmonella Kiambu, including a patient in New York City who died.
Health investigators have traced the onset of illnesses from May 17 to June 28. Federal health officials became aware of the outbreak through the PulseNet system, which is used to track outbreaks through DNA fingerprinting.
The CDC has identified 47 people from 12 states in the Salmonella Kiambu outbreak, tracing it to the papaya variety through epidemiologic and laboratory evidence collected from infected people.
The CDC's warning on the oubreak, posted on its website July 21, advises consumers to throw away all yellow maradol papayas, and if in doubt of the variety, dispose of all papayas.
A cluster of the illnesses were found in Maryland, according to the CDC. Two days before the CDC report, the Maryland Department of Health issued a warning to consumers not to eat Caribena-brand yellow maradol papayas imported from Mexico due to findings of salmonella. According to the Maryland agency, its labs found salmonella on three of five papayas from a Baltimore retail store.
The state and federal health agencies did not release the name of the store.
A photo accompanying the Maryland department's release shows a price look-up sticker for Grande Produce, a San Juan, Texas, shipper. When contacted by The Packer, Esteban Corzo, a member of Grande Produce's sales department, said the company is aware of the situation.
As of the afternoon of July 22, the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition website, where food recalls are listed, had no information on a papaya recall.