After Agroson’s LLC, the U.S. distributor of Cavi brand papayas linked to an ongoing Salmonella outbreak refused to issue a recall for the contaminated fruit, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stepped in. The agency contacted all of Agroson’s wholesale customers to ensure the fruit was no longer being sold.
The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) linked the outbreak to Cavi brand papayas, imported from Mexico, through epidemiologic and traceback evidence. Both agencies are alerting stores and restaurants not to sell or serve Cavi brand papayas.
It is not clear why Agroson’s declined the FDA’s request to issue a recall.
As of July 5, 2019, the date the CDC most recently updated information, the outbreak had sickened 71 people in eight states and 27 people had been hospitalized. The illnesses were reported from January 14, 2019 to June 16, 2019. The number of cases in each state is: CT (14), FL (1), MA (5), NJ (18), NY (27), PA (4), RI (1), TX (1).
The people sickened in this outbreak, who range in age from less than one year to 90 years old, reported eating papayas before they developed symptoms of Salmonella infection including fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. And when the FDA and agencies from several states where illnesses were reported collected information on where case-patients purchases the papayas, they discovered Argoson’s distributed papayas to multiple stores.
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