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Maradol Papayas Linked to More Salmonella Cases

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 29-Aug-2017

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Posted by Salvatore J, Zambri, founding member and partner.

In recent weeks, since my earlier blog post about the salomonella-linked Caribena Maradol papayas warning from the Maryland Department of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues its investigation and has issued additional warnings regarding mutiple brands of Mexican papayas.

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), and other state and local partners, is investigating multiple Salmonella illnesses that are linked to papayas from Mexico.

Update

The FDA is now advising that consumers avoid Caribeña, Cavi and Valery brands of Maradol papayas, and all varieties of papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm located in Campeche, MX, as a result of the FDA’s traceback investigation and testing. The FDA is working to identify additional brand(s) that these papayas are sold under and facilitate recall(s). Meanwhile, consumers should ask their retailers about the source of their papayas."

As of August 11, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting a count of 141 cases, spread over 19 states, including 45 hospitalizations and 1 death. CDC recommends that consumers question restaurants and retailers about the source of their papayas. If there is any doubt, don't consume the papayas; just throw them away. If any suspect papayas have been in your home, you should wash and sanitize countertops and refrigerators that may have come in contact with those papayas. CDC offers guidelines for cleaning your refrigerator if a recalled food item was stored there.

FDA, CDC, state and local officials are continuing their investigations of cases of papaya exposure. Foodsafety.gov provides an updated listing of recalls and food safety alerts.

Do you have any questions about this post? Please contact Mr. Zambri at (202) 822-1899 or szambri@reganfirm.com.

About the author:

Mr. Zambri is the author of a widely renowned book on product liability litigation. An experienced speaker, he often shares his knowledge regarding personal injury litigation at seminars.

A board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocates, Mr. Zambri is former president of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Out of more than 80,000 lawyers, Mr. Zambri was named among the “Top Ten” lawyers in the Metro area by Super Lawyers®. He has also been ranked among the “Top 100” lawyers in the entire metropolitan area by Washingtonian magazine. Mr. Zambri has also been acknowledged as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" by Best Lawyers (2016 edition) and has been repeatedly included in the Super Lawyers® magazine (2016), a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America.

Mr. Zambri has been successful in litigating food-poisoning cases. He is knowledgeable and experienced in handling the unique complexities involved in food-poisoning litigation.

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