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Caribe Produce, LTD CO. Recalls
Papaya Maradol, Caribeña Brand Because Of Possible Health
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 17,
2012 – Caribe Produce LTD Co. of McAllen, TX, is recalling 286
cases of Papaya Maradol, Caribeña Brand papayas packed in 35
lb. cartons marked with the brand “ Caribeña “
and “ Product of Mexico” stamped on the side. The
papayas are sold individually, and each one bears a label which
states “3112 CARIBEÑA Papaya MARADOL PRODUCT OF MEXICO
A copy of this label is enclosed. These papayas have the potential
to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can
cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children,
frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience
fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and
abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with
Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the
bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial
infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and
The recalled Papaya Maradol, Caribeña Brand cases were
distributed in the Bronx, New York in wholesale stores and through
retail stores from May 14th, 2012 to May 17th, 2012.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by
the company revealed the presence of Salmonella in the
Consumers who have these Papaya Maradol, Caribeña Brand
papayas are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a
full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at