A food distributor has announced a papaya recall after 97 cases of salmonella were reported in the US and the bacteria was found in samples of the fruit.
People in 23 states were affected, and 10 people were ill enough to be hospitalized.
"Agromod is recalling all Blondie, Yaya, Mañanita, and Tastylicious Brand papayas sold prior to July 23, 2011," states a press release issued by Agromod and posted on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website.
The affected fruit was distributed in Canada and the US.
Salmonella Agona was found in two papaya samples tested by the US Food and Drug Administration, one at Agromod Produce in Texas and the other at the border, but destined for the same location.
The Star reported that anyone who bought the fruit before July 23 should return it to the place of purchase.
Texas had the most cases of salmonella between January 1 and July 18, with 25 people being diagnosed. Those who became ill ranged in age from one to 91, but the average age was 20.
The Boston Globe reported that the FDA advised that anyone throwing out papaya should use sealed containers to ensure that animals do not eat the fruit.
There are about 2,000 strains of salmonella and many people become ill every year after being exposed to the bacteria. Young children, the elderly, and those with immune deficiencies are the most likely to have severe infections.
It can take anywhere between a few hours to two days after consuming a contaminated product before symptoms appear. These can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills, abdominal pain, muscle pain and headache; and can last for days, although it may be months before the bowels return to normal. A few people develop pains which may last for years.
The Mayo Clinic states that salmonella is "usually caused by eating raw or undercooked meat, poultry, eggs or egg products."
Other foods recalled due to fears of salmonella contamination recently include peanut butter and turkey burgers.