PapaysWalmart recently warned its shoppers about papayas sold in its stores after the fresh fruit was possibly linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 97 people in 23 states and is currently under investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Walmart posted the recall from distributor Agromod Produce Inc. on its website, noting that the fruit had been sold in its stores.

Agromod recalled all of its fresh, whole papayas sold before Saturday (July 23) in stores nationwide and in Canada because they could be contaminated with salmonella, the FDA said. Salmonella can cause a potentially life-threatening infection in young children, the elderly or those with weakened immune systems. Even healthy people can suffer from fever, nausea and diarrhea.The papayas were imported from Mexico and could be linked to 97 cases of salmonella that include 10 hospitalizations, the FDA said. The agency said two samples it took of papayas from this source were contaminated with salmonella agona and that distribution of the fruit had been suspended while the FDA and the company continue to track down the source of the contamination. No other information was available on the salmonella cases.

Included in the recall are all Blondie, Yaya, Mananita and Tastylicious brand papayas sold before Saturday. The fruit has the following labels on it, by brand:
  • Blondie papayas have blue and orange sticker labels with green and white lettering on the fruit that states "Blondie 4395 Mexico."
  • Yaya papayas have yellow, red, orange and green labels with white, green and red lettering that reads "Yaya Premium Papayas Yaya PLU-4395 Mexico."
  • Mañanita papayas have green, yellow and red sticker labels that states "Mexico Mañanita 4395."
  • Tastylicious papayas have white and blue stickers with red and white lettering that states "4395 Tastylicious Mexico."
Consumers who bought the fruit can return it to Wal-Mart for a refund. Call the company at (800) 385-7658 weekdays between 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. EST.

Earlier this summer, cantaloupes were recalled in two states because they may also have been contaminated with salmonella.

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