Over sixteen states have been affected after brands were forced to recall papaya due to a salmonella outbreak.
The Food and Drug Administration [FDA] is forcing over three brands to recall the food items after one person died and over 100 fell ill since May.
The Centers For Disease Control linked the salmonella cases to papayas purchased from a store in Baltimore, Maryland, reports Food And Wine.
States now affected include Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
It is likely the FDA will force even more companies to dispose of the Maradol papayas grown on the Carica de Campeche farm in Mexico.
The specific papayas in question include the Caribeña, some Cavi brand, and the Valery brand papayas. All three are distributed by Grande Produce, Agroson’s, Freshtex Produce, LLC respectively.
It is advised consumers who owns these papayas throw them away, but not before sanitizing products that have since come into contact with the food.
“For refrigerators and other food preparation surfaces and food cutting utensils that may have come in contact with potentially contaminated papayas, it is very important that the consumers thoroughly clean and sanitize these areas and items,” they said.
In addition, the FDA also encourages consumers to ask stores and restaurants where their papayas came from before buying them.