papaya-label-274.jpgCaribe Produce LTD Co. of McAllen, TX, is recalling 286 cases of Papaya Maradol, Caribeña Brand papayas because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Routine testing by the company revealed the presence of Salmonella in the papayas, according to the recall notice.  The company says no illnesses have been reported.

The recalled Papaya Maradol, Caribeña Brand cases were distributed in the Bronx, New York in wholesale stores and through retail stores from May 14 to May 17, 2012. The papayas were 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 that states “3112 CARIBEÑA Papaya MARADOL PRODUCT OF MEXICO” 

In 2001 Agromod Produce recalled papayas purchased prior to July 23, 2011 after an outbreak of Salmonella Agona that sickened 106 in California, Arizona, New York, Minnesota, Colorado, Washington, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas had been linked to the papayas. The outbreak related illnesses began after January 16 and continued to occur over several months. On August 25, the Food and Drug Administration banned imports of papayas grown in Mexico because of widespread and ongoing salmonella contamination. More than 15 percent of fresh papayas entering the U.S. from Mexico were contaminated with Salmonella.