The U.S. distributor of papayas linked an ongoing Salmonella outbreak refused to issue a recall for the contaminated fruit, so the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stepped in. After Agroson’s LLC, the sole U.S. distributor of Cavi brand papayas, rejected the FDA’s request for a recall, the agency contacted all of the company’s wholesale customers to make sure the fruit would no longer be sold.
The outbreak has sickened 71 people in eight states and 27 people have been hospitalized, according to the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The illnesses, reported from January 14, 2019 to June 16, 2019, were from the following states: CT (14), FL (1), MA (5), NJ (18), NY (27), PA (4), RI (1), TX (1).
The FDA and the CDC used epidemiologic and traceback evidence to link Cavi brand papayas imported from Mexico to the outbreak. The people sickened, who range in age from less than one year to 90 years old, reported eating papayas before they got sick. And when the FDA and state agencies collected information on where case-patients purchases the papayas, they discovered Argoson’s distributed papayas to multiple stores.
Both the CDC and the FDA are alerting stores and restaurants not to sell or serve Cavi brand papayas.
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