(MCALLEN, Texas) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recalling papaya sold by Agromod Produce, Inc. of Texas. The FDA says 97 reported cases of Salmonella agona contamination in 23 states prompted the recall.
According to the FDA, healthy persons infected with the disease often experience symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain within 72 hours of infection. Severe infections can result in endocarditis, arthritis and death. An infection can be fatal in vulnerable populations including children and the elderly. The FDA reports that 41 percent of infected patients were younger than 5 years old.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with the FDA in investigating the incidents of Salmonella agona contamination to papayas imported from Mexico. Distribution nationwide and to Canada has been halted. Agromond is voluntarily recalling all Blondie, Yaya, Mañanita, and Tastylicious papaya products sold before July 23.
Of the 23 states affected, Texas reported the highest number of infections with 25 reported cases. Illinois has the second highest number with 17 people sickened.
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