While many restaurants and businesses continue to cope with the fallout from Hurricane Irene, Papaya King is busy dealing with its own identity crisis of sorts.
Nation’s Restaurant News reports that a salmonella outbreak associated with fresh Mexican papayas has left New York’s iconic juice and wiener chainlet struggling with cost increases and suitable replacement recipes for its papaya drinks. The company has been “in chaos” for almost three weeks now, and is currently subsisting on papaya purée from Hawaii.
Right now, there’s no indication of how long the problem will last, but given that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found salmonella contamination in fruit from 28 firms selling papayas from Mexico’s major growing regions, it could be a while. In the meantime, here’s hoping Hawaii’s papayas keep their noses clean.