Salmonella outbreaks linked to papayas from Mexico kill 2, including 1 in California

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Maradol papayas from Mexico are shown in a file photo.
Maradol papayas from Mexico are shown in a file photo.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Two people, including one in California, have died due to possible salmonella outbreaks linked to papayas from Mexico.

At least 235 people have become sick, and nearly a third of them have been hospitalized due to four separate salmonella outbreaks in 26 states.

The second death linked to the outbreaks was reported in New York, according to the CDC.

The outbreak has hit mostly Hispanic communities, authorities said.

The Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers not to eat Maradol papayas from the following farms in Mexico because they are linked to salmonella outbreaks:

- Carica de Campeche in Tenabo, Campeche, MX

- Rancho El Ganadero in Colima, MX

- El Zapotanito in La Huerta, Jalisco, MX

- Productores y Exportadores de Carica Papaya de Tecomán y Costa Alegre, Tijuana, Baja California, MX

The following four brands of Maradol papayas have been recalled. If anyone has these papayas in their home, they should dispose of them immediately:

- Caribeña brand, distributed by Grande Produce;

- Certain Cavi brand papayas distributed by Agroson's;

- Valery brand papayas, distributed by Freshtex Produce, LLC;

- Frutas Selectas brand papayas, distributed by Bravo Produce.

The FDA advised consumers to ask their retailers where their papayas came from.

To read more about the four salmonella outbreaks, visit

KGO-TV contributed to this report.