The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that papaya distributed by Agromod Produce, Inc. may be the cause of a salmonella outbreak in 23 states including Washington. The FDA warms consumers to not eat papayas from Agromod Produce, Inc.
The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are investigating the cause of the salmonella outbreak which has sickened 97 people and hospitalized 10.
The FDA warns consumers that if you do have papayas distributed by Agromod, you should discard them in a sealed container so that animals or people do not eat them.
The FDA tested incoming shipments of papayas from Mexico and found that two papaya samples had the same strain of salmonella — Salmonella Algona — that caused the outbreak. All papayas sold prior to July 23, 2011 have been recalled.
While the most serious illness occurs in the young and very old, the average age of those people who became ill is 20.
Symptoms of Salmonella Poisoning include diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps and these symptoms usually appear between 12 to 72 hours after consumption of the affected fruit. The illness can last between four to seven days.
Salmonella infection can be deadly if it spreads from the intestines to the blood stream. If it spreads, it must be treated with antibiotics.
For more information, see the FDA web-site.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have become ill due to foodborne illness and the family of those who have died.
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