Food Recalls

Recalls are actions taken by a firm to remove a product from the market.  Recalls may be conducted on a firm’s own initiative, by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, or by the US Food & Drug Administration.

National Recall Information

FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts

USDA Recalls and Public Health Alerts

Recent Recalls Relevant to Virginia*

Announcement: Advice to Consumers, Restaurants, and Retailers Regarding Maradol Papayas (originally posted July 24, 2017; last update September 12, 2017) Released September 10, 2017Bravo Produce Inc. Recalls Maradol Papaya from Productores Y Exportadores De Carica Papaya De Tecomán Y Costa Alegre SPR of RL and Packed by Frutas Selectas De Tijuana, S. De R.L. De C.V. Because of Possible Health Risk (En Español: Bravo Produce Inc. Retira Maradol Papaya de Productores y Exportadores de Carica Papaya de Tecomán y Costa Alegre SPR de RL y empacadas por Frutas Selectas de Tijuana, S. de R.L. de C.V. Por posible riesgo a la salud) Released August 7, 2017- Freshtex Produce Recalls “Valery” Brand Maradol Papayas Due to Possible Health Risk Released August 4, 2017- Agroson’s LLC Recalls Maradol Papaya Cavi Brand Grown and Packed by Carica De Campeche Because of Possible Health Risk Released July 26, 2017Grande Produce Issues Voluntary Recall of Limited Quantity of Papaya “Caribeña” Due to Potential Health Risk (En Español: Grande Produce emite retiro voulantrio del mercado de una cantidad limitada de Papaya “Caribeña” por un potencial de riesgo contra la salud)

The FDA is advising consumers not to eat Maradol papayas from the four recalled brands listed above because they are linked to outbreaks of salmonellosis. If anyone has these papayas in their home, they should dispose of them immediately.

The FDA is working to ensure that there are no other brand(s) of papayas on the market that may have originated from the Carica de Campeche, Rancho El Ganadero, El Zapotanito, or Productores y Exportadores de Carica  Papaya  de Tecomán y Costa Alegre. Meanwhile, consumers should ask their retailers where their papayas came from. Refer to the included links above to the recall notices on the FDA’s website for more information.

Maradol papayas are a large, oval fruit that weighs 3 or more pounds, with green skins that turn yellow when the fruit is ripe. The flesh inside the fruit is salmon-colored. Due to a recent outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to Maradol papayas, CDC recommends that consumers not eat, restaurants not serve, and retailers not sell Maradol papayas from the Carica de Campeche, Caraveo Produce, or El Zapotanito farms in Mexico.

  • If you aren’t sure if the papaya you bought is a Maradol papaya from one of these farms, ask the place of purchase. Restaurants and retailers can ask their suppliers.
  • When in doubt, don’t eat, sell, or serve them; just throw them out.
  • Wash and sanitize countertops as well as drawers or shelves in refrigerators where papayas were stored.

For updates on this outbreak and advice, please visit websites for the CDC (CDC en español) and the FDA.


Announcement: May 8, 2017 Consumers Warned Not to Drink Herbal Teas Produced by U.S. Deer Antlers Exports and Imports Inc. Due to Botulism Risk

 SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today warned consumers not to drink herbal tea in plastic pouches produced by U.S. Deer Antlers Exports and Imports Inc. due to concerns the teas may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Ingestion of botulism toxin from improperly processed liquid teas may lead to serious illness and death. CDPH is investigating two possible cases of botulism in Orange County residents, both of whom consumed U.S. Deer Antlers Exports and Imports Inc. herbal tea products in March. U.S. Deer Antlers Exports and Imports Inc. of Los Angeles is voluntarily recalling all herbal tea products in plastic pouches. The 6-inch by 4-inch plastic tea pouches contain labeling in Korean but do not include lot codes or best by dates. The recalled food products were sold to acupuncturists and individuals in California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia. Examples of the recalled packages are on the CDPH website.

Botulism toxin is odorless and colorless, so consumers will be unable to determine if a product is affected. Customers who have any of these products, or any foods made with these products, should discard them immediately by double bagging the pouch into tightly closed plastic bags and placing them in non-recyclable trash bins outside of the home. Wear rubber or latex gloves, if possible, when handling potentially contaminated products or wash your hands with soap and running water for at least two minutes.

Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Initial symptoms frequently include double or blurred vision, drooping eyelids, and dry or sore throat. Progressive descending paralysis, usually symmetrical, may follow. Additional symptoms may include slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, inability of the neck muscles to support the head and paralysis of the extremities and respiratory muscles. Infants with botulism appear lethargic, feed poorly, are constipated, and have a weak cry and poor muscle tone. Customers experiencing any ill effects after consuming these products should immediately consult their health care providers. Consumers who find the product being offered for sale are encouraged to report the activity to the CDPH toll-free complaint line at (800) 495-3232.

*This section includes information related to food products that have been either formally recalled by the manufacturer or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as food products related to foodborne illness outbreaks that may or may not have been officially recalled at the time of posting.