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Nationwide Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Papayas Sold In Massachusetts

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Roberto Machado Noa via Getty Images

A recall on the Caribeña brand of Maradol papayas from Mexico has been linked to a nationwide Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 47 people in 12 states, including Massachusetts.

According to WPRI 12, one person from New York City has died from the recalled product.

Food distributor Grande Produce, out of San Juan, Texas, informed the agency that the company initiated a limited recall of their Caribeña brand Maradol papayas that were distributed nationwide from July 7 to July 18.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges consumers not to eat the papayas.  Also, the CDC urges restaurants not to serve the product and retailers not sell Maradol papayas until more can be learned about the outbreak.

According to the CDC, Maradol papayas are a large, oval fruit that weighs three or more pounds, with green skin that turns yellow when the fruit is ripe.  Also, the flesh inside the fruit is salmon-colored.

“The papaya can be identified by a red, green and yellow sticker.”

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