Papaya salmonella spreads, what to do if you have recalled food in your home
Updated 1:49 pm, Wednesday, September 6, 2017
With the number of reported papaya Salmonella cases in the United States now over 200, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined steps to take to prevent the spread of bacteria if you have had recalled food in your home or business.
According to the CDC, as of Aug. 30, 2017, 201 people in 23 states have been sickened by the Salmonella outbreak connected to Maradol papayas from Mexico. Seven of those victims were in Connecticut.
Three brands of Maradol papayas have been recalled: Caribeña brand by Grande Produce; Cavi brand by Agroson's; and Valery brand by Freshtex Produce, LLC.
A report released by Food Safety News said U.S. officials "expect to identify even more farms and victims."
The CDC said people should not eat the affected Maradol papayas, restaurants should not serve them and retailers should not sell them.
"Salmonella bacteria can cause diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain and fever," Food Safety News writes. "Symptoms usually begin between 12 to 36 hours after exposure, but they may begin as early as 6 hours or as late as 72 hours after exposure."
The first step to help avoid getting sick is to dispose of any recalled food immediately. The CDC has a list of five steps to cleaning your refrigerator if you have had recalled food:
1. Remove the recalled food and any food around it, put in a sealed bag and throw away
2. Empty refrigerator, taking out any drawers and shelves
3. Wash drawers, shelving and any other pieces with warm, soapy water
4. Wipe inside of refrigerator with warm, soapy water then use a "solution of one tablespoon of chlorine bleach to one gallon of hot water" and dry
5. Wipe down food and drink containers before replacing back in refrigerator
Among the other recommendations are washing your hands and contacting your doctor if you may have any eaten recalled food.