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FDA suspects fruit distributed by one Texas company has caused Salmonella outbreak.
Food distributor Agromod Produce Inc. is voluntarily recalling Mexican-grown papayas that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says may be linked to a Salmonella outbreak in 23 states, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The Texas-based company is recalling papayas sold in the United States and Canada before July 23 under the Blondie, Mañanita, Tastylicious and Yaya brands.
The FDA suspects the papayas are the source of a strain of Salmonella bacteria that has sickened 97 people across the United States since January. Ten people have required hospitalization, but no deaths have been reported. Texas and Illinois have seen the most cases.
Sampling by the FDA discovered the Salmonella strain in papayas at Agromod Produce’s location in McAllen, Texas, as well as in a papaya shipment at the U.S.-Mexico border destined for the company.
About 40,000 Americans are infected with Salmonella bacteria each year and 400 die, according to CBS News. Other recent Salmonella outbreaks have been linked to cantaloupes from Guatemala, alfalfa sprouts and eggs.