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Markets Recall Papayas from Mexico Due to Salmonella

Two supermarkets, Price Chopper and Market 32, have issued a recall on Mexican-grown papayas grown due to a national outbreak of salmonella. Both stores have removed the products and is asking all customers to discard the potentially contaminated papayas in their homes.

HLB Specialties LLC of Fort Lauderdale, FL issued a statement on its papayas, imported from Brazil, Guatemala and Mexico, asking consumers to note that it is only the product from Mexico that is involved in the recall, not the Brazilian or Guatemalan products.

“We caution retailers and wholesalers to make a distinction between the different countries of origin. For now the alert refers to Mexican papayas, and we await the development of the investigation and will keep our customers informed about any developments as they narrow it down to a specific grower and label.”

A number of people have become ill as a result of the contaminated products. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov or www.fda.gov.

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