As of August 29, 2011, at least 106 people in 25 states had become ill with Salmonella infections after eating the papayas, which were imported from Mexico by Agromond Produce, Inc. Of the 106 people who had fallen ill with Salmonella, at least 10 were hospitalized due to the severity of their illnesses.
Agromod Produce recalled its papayas on July 23, when the Salmonella outbreak was announced. According to a press release, the fresh, whole papayas were distributed nationwide and to Canada through retail stores and wholesalers. The Blondie, Yaya, Mañanita, and Tastylicious Brand papayas were sold prior to July 23, 2011. On July 27, GHSW of Houston said it was notified that papayas used in its products were associated with the Agromod Produce recall and recalled its fresh-cut papayas.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sampled fresh papayas sold by Agromond Produce and found them to be positive for Salmonella Agona. According to a press release issued by the company, papaya samples collected at the McAllen, TX Agromond Produce location and at the U.S. border tested positive for the outbreak strain of Salmonella. U.S. distribution of the papayas has been suspended while the Salmonella outbreak investigation continues.
The company released the following information for consumers who may have contaminated papayas in their homes:
- Blondie Brand papaya can be identified by a blue and orange sticker label with green and white lettering on the fruit that states Blondie 4395 Mexico.