Caribeña Papaya Maradol Papayas Recall

Date: May 17, 2012
What: Caribeña Papaya Maradol papayas
Why: Salmonella
Scope: New York City

Caribe Produce of McAllen, Texas is recalling 286 cases of Caribeña brand Papaya Maradol papayas packed in 35 lb. cartons marked with the brand Caribeña and Product of Mexico stamped on the side. The papayas are sold individually, and each one bears a label which states "3112 CARIBEÑA Papaya MARADOL PRODUCT OF MEXICO." These papayas 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. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recalled Caribeña Papaya Maradol cases were distributed in the Bronx, New York in wholesale stores and through retail stores from May 14th, 2012 to May 17th, 2012.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the Caribeña Papaya Maradol.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by Caribe Produce revealed the presence of Salmonella in the product.

Consumers who have these Caribeña Papaya Maradol papayas are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Caribe Produce at (956) 874-9411.

Consumers with questions about food safety can Ask Heidi, a certified food safety professional.